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Old 10-29-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Ravens pose serious threat

Ravens pose serious threat to Steelers
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, October 29, 2007

All that positive reinforcement for Mike Tomlin's task-at-hand mandate generated by the big win in Cincinnati couldn't have arrived at a better time.

The Ravens are coming.

Yeah, those guys.

The team that tattooed the Steelers twice a year ago, 27-0 and 31-7.

The team that sacked Ben Roethlisberger 14 times in two games.

The team that held Willie Parker to 51 yards rushing on 23 carries (no, Parker didn't miss a game; those were the two-game totals).

The team that went 13-3, while the Steelers were 8-8.

The team that was superior enough to dominate the Steelers twice even as the Steelers were compiling a We-Told-You-We-Weren't-This-Bad 6-2 second half of the 2006 campaign.

Tomlin was in Minnesota a year ago, so he'll have no first-hand recollection of the carnage.

But even had he suffered through those two Baltimore debacles with the rest of the Steelers, Tomlin's focus would no doubt remain locked on the here and now as the Steelers count down the days to Baltimore's Monday night invasion.

That's a good thing.

There is, after all, no sense rehashing ancient history.

The problem is, studying recent history as it relates to Baltimore might not be all that beneficial, either.

At 4-3, the Ravens already have matched last season's loss total, so the temptation exists to suspect that with the free-agent departure of Adalius Thomas, so went the Baltimore mystique.

But when factoring in how banged up the Ravens have been, and how head coach Brian Billick expects to have all of his starters available Monday night, that 4-3 record looks less like an indictment and more like a validation of the Ravens as a still-dangerous congregation.

Baltimore's problems started in the regular-season opener when it lost offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and quarterback Steve McNair.

The offensive line was so patched together Oct. 7 at San Francisco that the Ravens relied on three rookies, a second-year pro and a third-year player for two-plus quarters.

The Ravens won that one somehow.

They won another round of "What's My Line?" the following week against St. Louis.

The 49ers and Rams, of course, are hardly the Patriots and Colts.

Still, imagine the Steelers' predicament should they find themselves without the services of Marvel Smith, Sean Mahan and Willie Colon, and with Kendall Simmons moving from guard to center for extended stretches.

The Ravens also have been without tight end Todd Heap, defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, and cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle much more than they'd prefer.

And they've been forced to deal with McNair being either unavailable or forced to leave early in five of their seven games.

Against such a backdrop, a 4-3 record doesn't look half bad. It's enough to have positioned the Ravens to within a victory over the Steelers of dramatically altering the landscape in the AFC North.

The Bengals had just such an opportunity last Sunday.

The difference between the Bengals and the Ravens is the Ravens will know what to do with it.

For the Steelers, that will make eliminating any and all potential distractions and focusing solely on the challenge at hand all the more critical.

This will be the most daunting one they've faced.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_535204.html
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:37 PM   #2
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Ya i know thats why im nervous, but also confident our steelers can pull through! We need to establish a run game first which means yes O-Line you must be there and play your best 2 games!

Then get play action going on deep balls to open up the secondary.

The denfese must watch out for quick slants play and fast passes and must get to the QB whoever its gonna be QUICK!
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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What I disagree with Prisuta on, bringing up last season. LAST season. It's in the past. It has absolutely nothing to do with this season. In the beginning of the year Baltimore made me nervous, but they are not the same team they were last season and neither are we.

At the same time and I hate to and apologize for stating the obvious, but if we take them lightly, we will lose. Just like we did against Arizona and Denver.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:40 PM   #4
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What more to say? Our two most humiliating games last year. This game is crucial. Not only payback for last year, but proof that we are the team to beat in the AFC.
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What I disagree with Prisuta on, bringing up last season. LAST season. It's in the past. It has absolutely nothing to do with this season. In the beginning of the year Baltimore made me nervous, but they are not the same team they were last season and neither are we.

At the same time and I hate to and apologize for stating the obvious, but if we take them lightly, we will lose. Just like we did against Arizona and Denver.
they may not be exactly the same, but thier stats say there close...

2nd in total defense
2nd rushing allowed
9th passing allowed

thier still gonna be the best D we've faced all year. pass protection may be a big issue.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:24 PM   #6
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All teams pose serious threats.

The Steelers' manhood will be challenged next Monday on National TV. The players certainly remember last year's massacres. If that doesn't give them enough incentive to stand up to these Clowns, then they don't deserve to win the AFC North.
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Nice article. I think we need all those negative stats from the last year before we play against the Ratbirds. So we can get fired up and all. Cuz overconfidence and careless moves cost us 2 games this season already, remember?
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Agreed we need to step up and protect the QB and RUN the ball. Plus Ben needs to not hold the ball as long as he does. Yeah there is the risk of an interception but a sack is bad also (I knnow, not as bad as an interception).
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they may not be exactly the same, but thier stats say there close...

2nd in total defense
2nd rushing allowed
9th passing allowed

thier still gonna be the best D we've faced all year. pass protection may be a big issue.
The only reason their pass defense is ranked so high is because they have mostly faced inexperienced backup QBs. Their secondary can be exploited
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The only reason their pass defense is ranked so high is because they have mostly faced inexperienced backup QBs. Their secondary can be exploited
yeah, but come on, Ed Reed and Chris McAllister alone make that secondary pretty good and one to be careful with
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