There were some intriguing games in Week one of this new NFL season. Packers/Saints, Lions/Buccaneers, and Cowboys/Jets were all exciting non-divisional games. The two divisional games of importance were the Colts/Texans and of course Ravens/Steelers. Neither was close as the Ravens and Texans both handled business respectively.
The Ravens/Steelers rivalry has been one of the NFL’s best over the last four years. In that time frame no Ravens/Steelers regular season game was decided by more than 4 points. Yesterday afternoon that changed. It was clear from the very beginning of the game that the Ravens wanted to make a statement. They demolished the Steelers 35-7. Baltimore put their stamp on this win by forcing seven Pittsburgh turnovers. They also ran all over the “vaunted” Steelers defense piling up 170 yards rushing yards (5.5 YPC). Joe Flacco was 17-29 with 224 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. He beat Ben Roethlisberger for the first time in his NFL career. Flacco needs to thank his defense for that. Baltimore’s blitzkrieg pressured Big Ben all day long forcing him into five turnovers (3 INT and 2 fumbles lost). They never letPittsburghget into any rhythm offensively. Baltimoremade a statement loud and clear that the collapse in last season’s playoffs is behind them. It’s only the first week of the season, but this was a big game psychologically for the Ravens. Roethlisberger had won seven straight starts against the Ravens, but that run is now over. The Ravens have to be feeling confident about themselves. It is still early, but this was a great win for the Ravens. On the other side, you can bet Mike Tomlin will have his team prepared for next week’s game against the Seahawks. Continue reading “Huddle Up Week 1: The Ravens and Texans make an Opening Week Statement By Jason King”