Steelers and Ravens Voted as the NFL’s Best Rivalry

Is there really a better rivalry?

Of course Ravens and Steelers fans would think their teams’ match-up has become one of the league’s best rivalries, but it means more when the rest of the NFL’s fan base agrees.

When asked in a poll at, fans across the nation said the Ravens-Steelers rivalry was the best, even beating out the Packers-Bears historic past and the trash-talking Jets-Pats showdowns.

Much like the changing NFL, this rivalry seems to have turned away from being a defense oriented slug-fest and instead has become a pass happy display of quarterback play. The numbers don’t lie. In the Week 9 matchup from 2011, the Steelers called 18 running plays out 58 from scrimmage, while Joe Flacco and Ravens dropped back 50 times and ran it 27.

Of course the decisive play was Flacco‘s late game heroics as he hit a streaking Torrey Smith for the game winning touchdown and a chance to secure bragging rights in the feud  after a series sweep.

Those bragging rights will be back in the limelight of the rivalry and when the two teams face off again in 2012.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.


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  • Ben Dover

    Notice how every Top 10 NFL Network does includes the Pittsburgh Steelers? Most of the time the Steelers are in the top three or better, except for that lame Top 10 Cornerbacks where Mel Blount and J.T. Thomas were named number six because of the strength of the Steel Cutrian Defense.

    The Steelers are clearly the greatest team in the NFL. Boy it feels good saying that.

  • Cappy

    Ben D. I completely agree.

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