Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs majorly impacted the Ravens defense after his improbably quick recovery from a torn Achilles tendon. Now he is vowing to play through a torn right biceps at some point this season. And to think, people used to question his dedication.
Following a key turnover by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch hit tight end Heath Miller to tie the game with 7:24 to go. He then led a late drive that resulted in Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Steelers a 23-20 victory
At 6-5, Pittsburgh is mired in a two-game losing skid, trailing the AFC North-leading Ravens by three games. And now the Steelers will have to meet the Ravens on Sunday without their two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, who was ruled out.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
Every week, we hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. This week, we chatted with Alan Robinson, who covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. Last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13 to 10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth.
When the Ravens and Steelers meet again Sunday night at Heinz Field, the stakes will be high, as they seemingly always are. But some of the faces of the rivalry, from Ray Lewis' intimidating scowl to Hines Ward's mischievous grin to Ben Roethlisberger's steely gaze, will be missing.
Coming off a record-breaking rout of the Raiders, with a 7-2 record in a weak conference, the Ravens appear to be in excellent position as they push for a fifth straight playoff berth. But between inconsistent performances on both sides of the ball, injuries to key players and a brutal schedule ahead, fans and analysts wonder if the team's reality matches its on-paper performance. Sunday night's nationally televised game in Pittsburgh should give us some clues.
The Ravens accomplished that mission in 2011, sweeping the season series and also winning the division for the first time since 2006 by stomping the Steelers in the season opener then breaking their hearts when Torrey Smith caught a last-minute touchdown pass in Pittsburgh.
Though I would be the first to tell you the Ravens can take nothing for granted on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, this is another one of those games that they have to win if they are going to put themselves in position to make a deep playoff run.
But the Ravens have won two of their last three trips to Pittsburgh, and if they can add a third win Sunday night, they might point to the Flacco-to-Smith play with eight seconds left as the catalyst to their success.
Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones' instincts and speed have propelled him to a pair of record-breaking kickoff returns this season, and now he's been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.