Despite the Ravens’ 28-point beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener on Sept. 11, the Steelers are currently listed as 3-point favorites for Sunday night’s showdown at Heinz Field.
The rationale isn’t that crazy. Pittsburgh is riding a four-game winning streak, just handcuffed the New England Patriots in a 25-17 victory Sunday, and defeated the two teams that beat the Ravens (the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars).
But running back Ray Rice isn’t buying the underdog label.
“The feeling is, I don’t see us as the underdog,” Rice said Wednesday. “The feeling is, they’re a divisional opponent, they’re a rivalry opponent, and we know what this game means. If we win, we’ve swept them for the season. We don’t have to worry about Pittsburgh anymore for the rest of the year. We control our own destiny. That underdog [stuff], coming out of this game, we know what it means. It’s going to have that playoff-type atmosphere.”