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09-04-2011, 11:18 PM
SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
Where is the Drama Queen?
We're one day into the first week of the regular season, which means the Ravens-Steelers game will soon be upon us.
So far, though, there haven't been any questions about the status of Ben Roethlisberger.
Before each game, we're always wondering if Roethlisberger will play. If it ain't his arm, it's his knee. If it ain't his knee, it's his ankle. It it ain't his ankle, it's a fingernail. So far, though, it appears Big Ben might make it to the game without any suspense.
If he does, it will be unusual. There can't be a Ravens-Steelers game without injury drama surrounding Roethlisberger. I admit I like watching him play, and he has been a Ravens killer. But it's good when his health is a non issue going into the game.
Remember though, there still are six days remaining.
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09-05-2011, 12:41 AM
Yawn....how unoriginal...This has been a common theme in a media that has nothing else better to discuss....
Ben is a warrior...plain and simple...He takes a licking and keeps on ticking...His record and achievements are all that anyone needs to look at.
The only drama here is when will the Ravens ever be a contender...Phuck the Ravens!!!!
09-05-2011, 01:55 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu Give Pittsburgh Steelers Edge over Ravens
We all know that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have a vicious rivalry. Their rivalry maybe be the best the NFL has to offer.
Last year the Ravens and Steelers split in the regular season, and the Steelers defeated the Ravens in the rubber match in the playoffs.
The teams are evenly matched for the most part, but I like the Steelers' chances because of two players: Troy Polamalu and Ben Roethlisberger.
Since 2004, the Steelers are 9-2 against the Baltimore Ravens when Ben Roethlisberger starts, including seven straight victories since 2006. Roethlisberger is the perfect quarterback for the Steelers because of his size, toughness, mobility and clutch play.
The only two times the Ravens have beaten the Steelers when Roethlisberger started were in 2006. That was by far the worst season of Roethlisberger's career and the Ravens had the better team that year. Since then, Roethlisberger has beaten them every time he's faced them, including a game in 2007 in which he threw five touchdowns in the first half and finished the game with a perfect quarterback rating.
What Big Ben specializes in is making special/clutch plays against Baltimore. In their postseason matchup last year, with the game tied with just over two minutes to go, Roethlisberger completed a 58-yard pass to Antonio Brown on third and 19, propelling Pittsburgh to victory.
For his career against the Baltimore, Roethlisberger has 17 touchdown passes to nine interceptions, with a QB rating of 87.4. He also has six game-winning drives against the Ravens. The games might not always be pretty, but Big Ben always seems to be able to make that one play that makes a difference in the game.
In the second meeting against the two teams last year in Baltimore, Polamalu yet again made a game-changing play: The Ravens had the ball with less than three minutes left on a 2nd-and-5. They ran a play-action pass and once again Troy showed great timing and awareness, running in free and untouched with Flacco dead to rights. Instead of trying to tackle the 6'6" QB, he went for the ball and knocked it out of his hands. The Steelers recovered the ball deep in Ravens territory and went on to win the game.
On the other side of the ball, the Steelers have the other difference-maker in Polamalu. Pardon my bias, but even though he has a hard time staying healthy, I believe that no other defender in the league impacts the game as much as Polamalu. He's disruptive both in the passing and running game. Lately, Troy has been making some big plays in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry.
In the 2008 AFC Championship Game, the Steelers were leading 16-14 late in the fourth quarter. Then rookie Joe Flacco threw a pass that ended up being picked off by Polamalu. Polamalu took it back to the house for a touchdown and clinched a victory for the Steelers and a trip to the Super Bowl.
Earlier in that game Polamalu made a ridiculous play on an attempted quarterback sneak on a 4th-and-1 for the Ravens. Polamalu had great timing and dove over the offensive line, landing on top of Flacco, stopping him from getting the first down.
The Ravens did win at Heinz Field last season—that much is true. However, you have to consider that not only did Troy make no big plays in that game, but the Steelers were also without Big Ben, who was serving a four-game suspension. Charlie Batch was anything but special and eventually threw a game-clinching interception.
I expect another hard-fought game between the two rivals this Sunday. Because of these two special players, I like the Steelers' chances.
Steelers 20, Ravens 13
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09-05-2011, 02:01 AM
Well Don Banks thinks the Ravens have it over us for the Division.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/w ... xid=si_nfl (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/08/30/afc.north.preview/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
09-05-2011, 10:10 AM
In response to the Don Banks article ...
I respect the Ravens for their strong football character and their track record. Early in the year, with the collection of spare parts at key positions which they are trying to assemble into a game-day team, and with a new D coordinator at the helm amd a short pre-season, it seems they are likely to have some adjustments to make. Kindle's proven nothing yet in the NFL, Jarrett Johnson seems overrated, their D line is vulnerable to exhaustion, their secondary is no so good, and they have age in their two defensive stalwarts. If they overcome all of this, they might achieve the 11-5 as Banks suggests.
09-05-2011, 10:50 AM
IMO Steelers win the Division this year by 2 games.
09-05-2011, 11:06 AM
Win the division by 2 games??? Who in our division do you see going 14-2? :tt2
09-05-2011, 01:15 PM
There can't be a Ravens-Steelers game without injury drama surrounding Roethlisberger.
Last year we even broke his nose during a game and the drama queen almost sat out a play!! :roll:
09-09-2011, 02:23 AM
Last year we even broke his nose during a game and the drama queen almost sat out a play!! :roll:
Cook: Broken Beak is Ben's Badge of Baltimore Courage
Thursday, September 08, 2011
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is helped off the field after his nose was broken from a punch by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata last season.
By now, you might have heard Ben Roethlisberger plays pretty well against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers have won seven games in a row in the contentious series with Big Ben at quarterback, including postseason wins last season and in 2008. They'll try to make it eight Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
You probably also know some of Roethlisberger's signature moments against the Ravens. His five first-half touchdown passes and perfect 158.3 passer rating at Heinz Field in 2007. His winning 4-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 43 seconds left at M&T Bank Stadium in '08. His 65-yard touchdown pass to Holmes in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field that same season. His winning 9-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Redman with 2:59 left at M&T Bank Stadium last season. The comeback he led from a 21-7 halftime deficit in a divisional playoff game at Heinz Field last season. His 58-yard pass to Antonio Brown to set up the winning touchdown in that game.
But you'll never guess the career highlight Roethlisberger most cherishes against the Ravens.
Would you believe it's his broken nose in the game in Baltimore last season?
"That was no fun, I can tell you that," Roethlisberger said during a quiet moment after practice this week. "It's hard enough playing those guys anytime, but it's really hard playing 'em when you can't breathe."
No, it wasn't fun -- Roethlisberger said doctors told him his nose "looked like corn flakes" -- but it surely was significant to him. He was clubbed in the face by Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata early in the game. Ngata wasn't penalized on the play -- further proof to a lot of Steelers people that the NFL really isn't as interested in protecting Roethlisberger as it is the Tom Bradys and Peyton Mannings -- although he was fined $15,000 the next day about the same time Roethlisberger was having surgery.
"What makes me smile about that is I know people from Homestead, McKeesport, places all over the city ... real Steelers fans everywhere were watching and saw the blood all over the place," Roethlisberger said. "I hope they said, 'That's our guy. He's one of us. He never came out. He never quit. He's pretty tough.'??????"
There was another reminder of Roethlisberger's toughness late in that game, two plays before the winning pass to Redman. Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs -- "An animal," Roethlisberger called him with the utmost respect -- appeared ready to sack him but couldn't bring him down. Roethlisberger -- playing not just with gauze in his nose but with a broken right foot from the game against Buffalo a week earlier -- fought off Suggs before finally flinging away a shovel pass for an incompletion. It might have been the Steelers' most remarkable play of the season.
"I know people say I hold the ball too long and take too many sacks," Roethlisberger said. "But I'd like to know how many other quarterbacks would have taken a sack there. Time was running down. We were low on timeouts. I'm just going to keep fighting for every yard. I'm always going to fight for everything for my guys."
The Ravens learned Roethlisberger was a tough character long before that game. In 2006, they put two good lickings on the Steelers, sacking him a combined 14 times. Roethlisberger still says a sack by linebacker Bart Scott in the game at Baltimore is the hardest he has been hit. After the game, Scott bragged about feeling the air leave Roethlisberger's body.
Scott probably should have kept his mouth shut. The Ravens haven't beaten the Roethlisberger-led Steelers since those two games. They did beat the Steelers in 2007 when Roethlisberger sat out the last game to get ready for the playoffs, in '09 when he missed the game in Baltimore with a concussion and last season when he missed the home game because he was suspended.
"Luck. It has to be luck," Roethlisberger said of that 7-0 run against the Ravens. "It's just crazy to me because it's against that team and because of how good they are. I have no answer for why it's happened that way. It really is crazy. That's why I don't look at those numbers much. I hear people say I have such-and-such a record against the Ravens and such-and-such a record against [Baltimore quarterback Joe] Flacco. But it's not me. It's the team. That's why we've had success."
Roethlisberger sang a different song after the 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XVL in February. He threw two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown. He failed to lead his offense to the winning touchdown in the final two minutes, something he had done to win Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals.
It wasn't about the team for Roethlisberger after that disappointing loss in Dallas.
"I don't blame anyone but myself," he said. "I feel like I let down the city of Pittsburgh, the fans, my coaches, my teammates ..."
OK, so taking blame is what $100 million quarterbacks are supposed to do.
Still, it was admirable.
"Look here," Roethlisberger said, reaching into his locker to pull out his locker nameplate from that Super Bowl. "I have another one under my mirror in my bathroom at home. I don't think about that game a lot now because I'm so focused on what's happening right now. But I still can't believe we didn't win it. A little reminder never hurts. It's motivation for me."
Probably more than you can imagine.
"I want to put on a good show [Sunday]," Roethlisberger said. "I don't want the game to be close. I want us to win big. I don't know if that'll happen, and I'll be really happy if we win, 2-0. But I do want to show I'm back and we're back."
One almost certainly will lead to the other.
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