Originally Posted by bobby jr
Well I'm not one to gloat but let's face it this game was not a typical Ravens-Steelers game. This was a statement game, a message game. The Ravens didn't want to just beat the Steelers, they wanted to humiliate them. Because of their history. ANd they did.
The past Ravens frustrations, all those close playoff losses, Ben always beating Flacco..... that appears to be history now.
The Ravens rebuilt the team in the off season, Tomlin had reason to worry about all those Ravens changes. Getting rid of fan favorites like Heap and Mason was painful but necessary. The Ravens have become younger, quicker. The Steelers looked like an old team out there today.
Many of the changes the Ravens made were for the specific purpose of matching up better with the Steelers and being able to beat their rivals. I feel like a weight is lifted off the Ravens shoulders and the shoulders of all Ravens fans.
The era of the Steelers domination of this division is likely over. The era of Ben dominating Flacco is over. Flacco looked far the superior QB today.
The Ravens sent a message to all the NFL today.
There is a new team to beat.
You just can't expect this next time. The Steelers literally had no answer. Now, we got tape to go back to and fix it. That was an ass-lashing, a one of a kind beatdown that rarely happens twice.
I give Balty credit, they were sharp, fast and pin-point while Pittsburgh was slow, spotty, and ugly. 7 turnovers? 3 in the redzone? That's 21 possible points. Game 1/16. I'm not panicking. Balty beat us first last season. We will meet again.