It’s game day Steeler Nation! Today the Steelers have the opportunity to build off of last week’s win, put themselves back into relevance in the division, and most importantly, beat the Ratbirds. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Jarvis Jones questionable for game
As Mike Prisuta from the Steelers reports, the number one draft pick linebacker Jarvis Jones will be a game-time decision today as he is still waiting to be medically cleared from his concussion sustained in last Sunday’s win over the Jets. Jones didn’t initially realize he suffered a concussion but after waking up Monday morning with a headache, he reported his symptoms to team trainers and was immediately entered in the league’s mandatory head injury evaluation process. Jones was a participant in practice towards the end of the week but still remained unclear to play. See, Isaac Redman, that’s how you’re supposed to do it.
Steelers vs. Ravens by the numbers
ESPN’s Scott Brown broke down the Steelers and Ravens matchup in terms of numbers. Some numbers more promising than others. Here’s a review of some of the more interesting numbers he highlighted.
2 = 100-yard rushing performances Ray Rice has had against the Steelers
8 = Number of picks Joe Flacco has thrown in six games
30 = Catches by Antonio Brown in the past 3 games; tying Hines Ward’s Steelers team record in same span
35 = Ravens 3rd down percentage
35.8 = Steelers 3rd down percentage
277.6 = Steelers average passing yards per game, ranked 7th in the NFL
Rivalry not the same
Steelers insider Ed Bouchette of the PPG says this rivalry just isn’t what it used to be. He cites the good old days of Joey Porter running down the Ravens’ team bus following the game in an attempt to fight Ray Lewis for mocking him in the game. Those were the days. Bouchette says that this rivalry has lost its luster not just because of the records each team brings to it but also the fact that 19 Steelers and 18 Ravens will be playing this game for the very first time today. Out with the old and in with the new. I think this game comes at a perfect time, sure the Steelers could and should have more wins by now but how great would it be for the Steelers to start their incline back into relevancy for the season by putting the Ravens under .500 and at risk for that all-to-familiar Super Bowl slump.
Here we go Steelers! Here we go!