The Raven's disappointing start to the season has put a damper on the expectations for this team, but while the future is not quite as bright, it is not over yet. This week 4 showdown with the Steelers which was highlighted on the schedule has lost some of its luster with headliners like Big Ben and Terrell Suggs sidelined, and the Ravens underwhelming thus far. However, what started out as a concern for the Ravens going into this game, the short week, has gone from a negative to a positive.
The injury to Ben Roethlisberger late in the game against the Rams has put the pressure on the Steelers and Michael Vick to stay afloat until he is back. While the Ravens and Steelers always battle hard whether it is Ben back there, or some journeyman like Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch, or now Vick, the Steelers are now at a disadvantage. Not only did they lose their starting quarterback, but they have to prepare for their division rival on a short week.
So while this was thought to originally be a disadvantage for the Ravens coming off a tough division game against the Bengals, it now looks to be an advantage. The Steelers lose precious days of practice and game planning because the showdown is on Thursday night instead of 2 1/2 days later on Sunday afternoon. This give the Ravens an advantage in trying to get their season back on track, despite having to go into Pittsburgh.
At least there is a silver lining on this short week!