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Secondary, not revenge, key for Ravens against Steelers

Obviously, there have been lots of questions directed at the Ravens about the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers having even more meaning than usual because of the circumstances that it's a Monday night game and last year, the Steelers embarrassed the Ravens, 38-7, in front of a national audience on a Monday night.

And so the thinly-veiled revenge motive was brought up to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs who, in his sly humorous fashion, reminded reporters yesterday, "Not really, if you all remember we played them again later in that year, I'm not sure is you y'all know that but we played them again that year and beat them (27-21). So it's not really a revenge game in there, like I said just another opportunity to line up. It's a divisional opponent so you always have to be ready to play a division opponent so it's definitely going to be a fun game."

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Actually, here's the real difference between this year's game and last Nov. 5 – the Ravens' secondary, especially the cornerbacks. Last year, Baltimore was without both Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle and was forced to go with Corey Ivy, Derrick Martin and Ronnie Prude. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan had no choice but to continue going with his pressure defense and the Ravens were torched for five touchdown passes before halftime.

This year, the Ravens will have both McAlister and Rolle starting (Update: Rolle is out for Monday's game with shoulder/neck injury). And, when everyone is healthy, Fabian Washington, Frank Walker, Ivy and Martin provide much more talented depth.

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There's better depth at safety, too, with the addition of veteran Jim Leonhard, who will be playing for injured Dawan Landry, and rookies Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura.

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