My plan this season is to write at least one entry for each game this season. It will start with a prediction and if inspiration strikes, a recap. Let’s get to it.
The Steelers are an underdog in this game? Really? Are you kidding me? What is Ray-Ray, a thousand years old? Ed Reed is using a walker, their wide outs are, uh, who?
Now that Ray Rice guy ain’t bad. With Derrick Mason and Todd Heap gone, at least Flacco will have somebody to throw to. The Ravens defense has lost another step and their offense will be as atrocious as ever. I’ve been hot and cold on Flacco. Early in his career he appeared to have tremendous upside and poise, like he’d take the next step at any moment. Now one wonders if the next step simply isn’t there. There is no sure path to learning QB in the NFL.
The Steelers are a different story though. One expects the defense to continue their usual excellence even if they haven’t addressed their primary weakness, the secondary. But the Ravens have nothing to challenge said secondary so no worries for now. And while questions remain concerning Silverback’s return to health, linebacker is a position of depth.
On the offensive side, only the line is a concern. The Steelers have perhaps their finest collection of skill players to take the field since Big Ben first took a snap. So, if the OL can slow down the Ravens attack, expect much from Ben and the boys.
I predict a victory formation at the end of the game, Steelers take this one 24-13.
Update: Looks like the Tribune Review is thinking along the same lines with their 31-13 prediction.