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Will the Steelers Play Into the Ravens Trash Talking?

And so it begins.

While a lot of the talk in the locker room Sunday after the win was about the Chargers, there sure was quite a bit of talk about the AFC Title game vs the Ravens on Sunday.  The Steelers know the mind games that the Ravens will try to draw them into with their mouths, and they are ready for them and for the Ravens tactics.

“There are no secrets for both of us,” OL Willie Colon said. “They know what we’re going to do; we know what they’re going to do. When we’re playing each other now, it’s just pretty much rolling the ball out and getting after each other.”

There will not be any secrets when the two teams play, and that is going to be one aspect that is a lot of fun.  One thing I would be willing to bet is that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will come up with some interesting looks for rookie Joe Flacco, who to me hasn’t been all that great in the Ravens two playoff wins.

“We’re excited. We got a tough, tough, tough game coming in. They know us. We know them. It’s going to be a big challenge. But we’re one step away. We’re happy to be at home,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “Both teams know what’s at stake. Both teams like to run the ball and play tough, hard-nosed defense. It’s going to be a very physical game.”

The Ravens injury report is going to be extensive, as they were beat up vs the Titans on Saturday, while the Steelers seemed to come out of the Chargers game as close to 100 percent as any team still playing in the postseason.  “There’s a big, black, ugly bird standing between us and Tampa,” said offensive tackle Max Starks. “It’s the only obstacle in our way before we can go.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Section514

    January 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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  2. MikeChE

    January 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Go Steelers! Beat those big black ugly birds.

    A Pittsburgh native living in Houston Texas, and wearing my Steelers cap proudly!

  3. Tim

    January 13, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    My Championship Game prediction:

    Pittsburgh 31
    Baltimore 7

    Big Ben 20-22 275 yds 2tds (Holmes, Ward)
    Fast Willie 27-144 2 tds
    Jeff Reed FG


  4. mark

    January 14, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Tim, that is VERY optomistic! I like the enthusiasm, but I dont know if the Steelers score 31? Maybe 23 or 26 on a GOOD day against the Ravens. However, if they make some breaks, get some turnovers and score off of them, they could put the Ravens in a hole they are not capable of coming out of. I said in a post this morning that if they (FWP) can convert the 2nd and 4 and the 3rd and 2’s on the ground, they can put the Ravens in a very uncomfortable position of not stopping the Steelers in big spots. The running lanes will open the passing lanes and I say the Ravens are susceptible to deep throws. Everyone is afraid of Reed, but he cant be everywhere all the time(although it sometimes looks like it). The same gameplan that worked Sunday will work again this weekend.

  5. tupapi

    January 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    We’ve heard a lot of talking heads commenting about how it’s impossible to beat a team 3 times. On the other hand, there’s also a lot of talk on how the Steelers just “barely” won those games, and “controversial calls”, etc. The Steelers played those games with lots of injuries, and in my opinion they have more to prove, because even after beating the Ravens twice and with an injured team, they still don’t get any respect. They should KNOW they’re the better team and that the score on the first two games didn’t do justice. They need to beat the crap out of the Ravens this Sunday. That would be my message to them.

  6. mark

    January 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Cant argue with that. This time its the Ravens that are a bit banged up and hopefully this is what the Steelers can use to finish this thing off against their arch nemesis. One thing I am worried about is the “Curse of S.I”. The Steelers are on the cover this week!

  7. Jay

    January 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Mark, the Steelers were on the cover of S.I. four times in ’05 en route to their super bowl 40 championship! I know this because they are still framed and hanging on my wall.

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