slugfest

There are 1426 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 12, 2008, titled slugfest. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The two best defenses in the NFL will share the same stage Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, and the only shame is that they can't play against each other.

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1ravensfan

Annapolis, MD

#21 Dec 12, 2008
SteelskinRaven wrote:
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Though they would both be 10-4 if the Ravens win, the Steelers own the tie breaker based on a better conference record. If both teams ended 12-4, the Steelers would win the division.
That is correct but the Steelers still have a big game in tennessee that will make four tough game (New England, Dallas, Baltimore, and Tennesse) in a row. If they come out of this one 4-0 then I must say that the Steelers will be the favorite to win the Superbowl, But I just think it is too much to ask

Since: Oct 08

Baltimore, MD

#22 Dec 12, 2008
1ravensfan wrote:
This will be as exciting a game as there have been alleason. The Steelers wont give an inch and niether will the Ravens. THe team that doesnt make the big mistake will win. I think that Baltimores Running Game with Neal & McClain will be more physical then Pittsburgh. I do give the Passing Game edge to the Steelers, but not by that much. If the O-line can protect Flacco he has shown an ability to make plays down field. Should be an exciting matchup.
Defensively I think the Ravens will be able to stop the Steelers run game. The Ravens will be able to run just enough to make the Steelers respect the run game. The Ravens have to pressure Rothlisberger and when they get to him the have to make the tackle. If the Ravens allow Benn to break the pocket he has the ability to hurt the Ravens. The Ravens have to put Flacco in good position all game. If the Steelers get out early and force the Ravens to abandon the run then it could be a long night at the big ATM.
The will be a brutal game. you may have 2 or 3 people taking to the emergency room you may even have one guy Medivaced to shock trauma. If you like seeing guys get the snot bubbles knocked out of them then watch this game, if not then please watch something else
Couldn't agree more. As Ray Lewis said the other day, no matter how much you don't like someone, you have to respect the way they play football. An I think both teams have that mutual respect thing going, with a healthy portion of hatred sprinkled in. Recipe for a great game of hitting!
rob

Hyattsville, MD

#23 Dec 12, 2008
Bernie Kosar wrote:
<quoted text>Hey Rob, How have you been? Big game this week - Steelers vs Ravens... Should play out to be one of the best games of the year. high stakes game for both teams
Good, I am just one very happy camper. I told you before the season that I felt the Raven's would win 6-7 games. I don't think anyone could have predicted that should the Raven's win Sunday, that both teams would have 10-4 records..wow!

I haven't looked at potential seedings, but there is the possibility that both teams could meet again in the AFC championship game. I am not impressed with Tennesee, so who is left?

This will be a great game to watch. Maybe you guys in Cleveland can give us a little help on week 16? Come on, close out your season on a positive note,lol.
1ravensfan

Annapolis, MD

#24 Dec 12, 2008
Steeler Amongst B-morons wrote:
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Couldn't agree more. As Ray Lewis said the other day, no matter how much you don't like someone, you have to respect the way they play football. An I think both teams have that mutual respect thing going, with a healthy portion of hatred sprinkled in. Recipe for a great game of hitting!
they definetly respect the way they play football, but there is alot more competetive hatred on both sides. they both know that they are two of the best teams in the AFC and that they should be playing eachothe for the right to win the division. I just love how physical both teams are

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Since: Dec 08

Annandale, VA

#25 Dec 12, 2008
rob wrote:
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I haven't looked at potential seedings, but there is the possibility that both teams could meet again in the AFC championship game. I am not impressed with Tennesee, so who is left?
Unfortunately the Indianapolis Colts are left. They beat down the Ravens and pulled out a win in Pittsburgh. I think the Colts are playing as well as anyone right now; they scare me more than Tennessee.
Steeltown Pride

United States

#26 Dec 12, 2008
rob wrote:
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That's a misconception. There are trick plays and then there are plays that are part of the offensive scheme. The package is part of the offensive scheme that is practiced every week. The Redskins defensive coordinator after the game last week said on MASN that he had a hard time preparing for the Raven's game because of thier offense runs so many different schemes, that most NFL offenses don't regularly utilize.
And def. coord. will tell you that there are only so many hours in a week to practice and the more complicated the offense that you are facing is the less reps you have against any given scenario.
Most Steeler fans on here will complain that their offense coordinator lacks creativity. I have yet to see a Steelers fan on here that likes Arians.
Bruce sucks ......... I dont think he comes back next year . Well i hope he doesnt .
Bruce

Glen Burnie, MD

#28 Dec 12, 2008
The Ravens beat the Redskins but if this offense doesn't play better then they did on Sun. night it could be a long day.
rob

Hyattsville, MD

#29 Dec 12, 2008
SteelskinRaven wrote:
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Unfortunately the Indianapolis Colts are left. They beat down the Ravens and pulled out a win in Pittsburgh. I think the Colts are playing as well as anyone right now; they scare me more than Tennessee.
If the Raven's secondary would just step up like they did in the playoff game game a few years back, the Raven's can beat the Dolts. McNair had a terrible game and the Dolts could not muster a touchdown. They won 15-6, all field goals. The Raven's can beat the Dolts with Flacco IF the secondary shows up.
Pete the Pirate

Woodstock, MD

#30 Dec 12, 2008
Big Ben's own words from a Pitt Post-Gazette article today: "It's no secret that we've struggled as an offense a little bit," Roethlisberger said. "But I'm proud that we've found ways to put points on the board when we had to."
Doing it Sunday won't be easy. Not against that defense. Not in that stadium.
"It's so loud and crazy there," Roethlisberger said. "Their defense gets excited there. If you look at them, it's amazing, they're such a different team when they play at home.
"That's probably the place I hate to play at the most."
Roethlisberger has no good memories from Baltimore. The Steelers are 0-4 there during his era...
NICE! The RAVENS are already in his head!
rob

Hyattsville, MD

#31 Dec 12, 2008
Steeltown Pride wrote:
<quoted text>Bruce ****...... I dont think he comes back next year . Well i hope he doesnt .
Like I said, haven't met one Steeler fan that likes Arians. Kind of how I felt about Billick, so I shared your pain.

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Since: Sep 08

Jamestown NY

#32 Dec 12, 2008
rob wrote:
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Good, I am just one very happy camper. I told you before the season that I felt the Raven's would win 6-7 games. I don't think anyone could have predicted that should the Raven's win Sunday, that both teams would have 10-4 records..wow!
I haven't looked at potential seedings, but there is the possibility that both teams could meet again in the AFC championship game. I am not impressed with Tennesee, so who is left?
This will be a great game to watch. Maybe you guys in Cleveland can give us a little help on week 16? Come on, close out your season on a positive note,lol.
You know thats a funny thing about the "spoiler" position. Cleveland I'm sure would love to beat Pittsburgh the last game of the season, but with Dorsey the third string QB at the helm, I highly doubt it. Tennessee don't impress me much either , but to be honest, Miami has been playing some good ball and with the exception of the last two weeks , so have the Jets. Are they as good as Pittsburgh or Baltimore? Probably not, but then again who thought the Giants would have made it to the superbowl last year, let alone win it???This is the time of year when focus is the biggest key. With Flacco the rookie taking over this year, not too many people would have thought the Ravens would be where they are this time of year especially with the tough schedule the AFC North has had. I think Pittsburgh might squeek this one out but it will be a hard fought battle. It's really to close to call, could go either way, who knows maybe the win may come in overtime
Josh

Warren, MI

#33 Dec 12, 2008
we definitely need to bring back the FB, never should have let krieder walk, and getting rid of him was BA's idea so I can see the calls for his head

That being said, last year, the O was terrific. Sure Ben took a lot of sacks but he also set single season franchise records for yardage, and TD's, and FWP was the NFL leading rusher until he was injure.

This year's struggles have way more to do with a shakey OLine that has lost 4 of 5 starters from last year (Faneca, Smith, Simmons, Mahan...although Hartwig is a def. upgrade at center). Whether BA stays or goes its the OL coach that definitely needs to be replaced, and they need to stock up on OL in the draft.

Since: Sep 07

United States

#34 Dec 12, 2008
I hope you all realize that we have to beat the Squeelers so bad that they lose next week too. I know this is going to happen. I can feel it in my bones. I wish I was going to the game. Go Ravens!!!
stew

Elkton, MD

#35 Dec 12, 2008
kevin wrote:
correction; if the ravens win they have the exact same record. the steelers lead goes bye-bye. stick to cooking soup ok stew?
no jackass the steelers hold the tiebreaker, better luck next time, go back to pillow biting
Biff

Bethpage, NY

#36 Dec 12, 2008
rob wrote:
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Like I said, haven't met one Steeler fan that likes Arians. Kind of how I felt about Billick, so I shared your pain.
I am not to down on him yet..given the amount of injuries we have had (not using that as an excuse), but I think Arians has a lot of room to improve...I will say that.
Josh

Warren, MI

#37 Dec 12, 2008
Pete the Pirate wrote:
Big Ben's own words from a Pitt Post-Gazette article today: "It's no secret that we've struggled as an offense a little bit," Roethlisberger said. "But I'm proud that we've found ways to put points on the board when we had to."
Doing it Sunday won't be easy. Not against that defense. Not in that stadium.
"It's so loud and crazy there," Roethlisberger said. "Their defense gets excited there. If you look at them, it's amazing, they're such a different team when they play at home.
"That's probably the place I hate to play at the most."
Roethlisberger has no good memories from Baltimore. The Steelers are 0-4 there during his era...
NICE! The RAVENS are already in his head!
If you read a little further you'll see that he's only played 1 and 1/2 of those games. The 1/2 being when he took over for Maddox and almost lead the comeback and the other one was during his SB hangover/Scrambled brain/8-8 season. He missed one with a knee injury, and sat out last year because the divison was already clinched and the playoff seeding was set
pittsteelforlife

Anderson, IN

#38 Dec 12, 2008
To all Ratbirds fans tell your D to keep there head on a swivel. Yall want to play bounty bowl ward is going to show how it done. Wacco is goin down the james"sliverback"har rison and lamar woodley will have a sack party sunday. The only player i gave props to on yall team is ray ray as a football fan he's the best linebacker i seen in my lifetime.This is goin to be a good game but we will win. WE run the north HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO
stew

Elkton, MD

#39 Dec 12, 2008
rob wrote:
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That's a misconception. There are trick plays and then there are plays that are part of the offensive scheme. The package is part of the offensive scheme that is practiced every week. The Redskins defensive coordinator after the game last week said on MASN that he had a hard time preparing for the Raven's game because of thier offense runs so many different schemes, that most NFL offenses don't regularly utilize.
And def. coord. will tell you that there are only so many hours in a week to practice and the more complicated the offense that you are facing is the less reps you have against any given scenario.
Most Steeler fans on here will complain that their offense coordinator lacks creativity. I have yet to see a Steelers fan on here that likes Arians.
i also am not an arians fan, but gadget plays do not work against disciplined defenses. clayton to mason is a gadget play in case you havent figured that out yet. a disciplined defense is going to stay with the reciever, the bengals and steelers d are on two different ends of the spectrum
Steeltown Pride

United States

#40 Dec 12, 2008
I think the offenses are even . I think the D edge goes a little to the Steelers . But with this game at home ill give the Defense even for that . So im my mind it will come down to special teams . Big play on ST will be the difference in this close game . My prediction is 21-20 Steelers . You know it has been along time since the Steelers won in Bmore . So we are due to get one under our belt . But even if the Ravens win they will lose next week in Dallas . Dallas isnt going to lose the last game EVER in Texas stadium .
Josh

Warren, MI

#41 Dec 12, 2008
Thats right...I hadn't realized that was going to be the last game ever in texas stadium...noway they lose that one

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