The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry has lost its intrigue in recent seasons.
Baltimore Ravens fans are prepping for the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town. Ravens fans will always feel hatred towards Pittsburgh. However, the players are not as invested as they once were.
Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs tried to renew the fire in the rivalry this week, but will it work? Here is what he said about the matchup on Sunday:
“These games will define you. You will never forget it. I remember every one. Every one, every big play, every dumb call, every personal foul. I remember all of them.”
Suggs has made several big plays in his previous meetings with the Steelers., but what is missing is the rest of the stars that made this rivalry so intense. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata are all gone for the Ravens. The Steelers are without Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Joey Porter and Troy Polamalu. Those guys talked the talk and walked the walk. They literally hated each other.
It’s not the same in recent years. The Ravens have a three-game winning streak over the Steelers, but that means nothing this week. These are two teams that are battling a lot of injuries and desperately need a win.
Ben Roethlisberger could be coming back too soon from knee surgery. He is not coming back because he wants to be in a rivalry game. He’s playing because first place is on the line in the AFC North. If the Steelers were playing the Browns or a team outside the division, he probably sits this game out.
Meanwhile, the Ravens have lost four straight games and somehow can take the lead in the division with a win. That is with Joe Flacco playing terribly and no weapons on offense. The defense is nothing like the one we saw when the competition was at its peak.
This game does have importance, but not because it’s a rivalry. These are two teams looking to turn their recent struggles around and win the AFC North. Suggs can try to build this up to something bigger, but the youngsters on the roster need to look at this as just another game.