I really wanted to stay out of the recent trash talk between the Steelers and Ravens.
Despite my hatred for the Baltimorons, the Ravens are actually one of the few teams in the league that frighten me when the Steelers suit up against them. As much as I can’t stand Ray Lewis or Ed Reed, you can’t deny their talent, or place among some of the all-time greats.
But when you think about it, is there really any competition between the two teams….see I can’t help myself.
The two squads have met 33 times with the Steelers holding a 21-12 series lead. While the Steelers have owned the Ravens in the regular season, the black and gold’s 3-0 postseason advantage has squashed any argument the Raven’s faithful may present in their teams favor.
But the bitterness between these two franchises has been boiling for as long as I can remember. As the NFL lockout has given players more time for extracurricular activities, heated exchanges, sparked by members of both teams have added even more fuel to the bonfire that is the Steelers Ravens rivalry.
All of the recent trash talk between the two teams started when Lamar Woodley said the Ravens would never win a Super Bowl with Joe Flacco behind center. While Flacco is undoubtedly a talented quarterback, there may be some validity to Woodley’s comments.
Flacco has garnered some nice accolades as a postseason performer in his short career. He was the first quarterback to win two playoff games in a rookie season, and has started in 7 playoff games, which has earned him the valuable experience needed to succeed in the post season.
While we could continue to analyze Flacco’s accomplishments, we can simply prove Woodley’s statements to be valid because the Ravens can’t avoid running into the Steelers in the playoffs.
In two of Flacco’s three playoff losses, the Ravens have fallen to the Steelers. I don’t knock on Woodley for his comments, because he can back them up. Rarely does a player actually walk the walk after making rash comments, but in this case the Steelers have done all the walking.
The icing on the cake would be Woodley’s debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated, featuring the Steelers linebacker crushing Flacco into the ground.
Until the Ravens can find a way to exercise their demons, and defeat the Steelers when it really counts, I am going to have to agree with Woodley. Many members of the Ravens have not taken Woodley’s comments lightly.
Terrell Suggs has barked back at Woodley, and Ed Reed has said the Steelers better watch out because the Ravens are coming for them. I say good, I wouldn’t want it any other way for the best rivalry in football.
And guess what…..we won’t have to wait long at all as the two teams will suit up against one another in week one to gain early dominance in the AFC North