The Baltimore Ravens will be hosting their arch rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at 1pm. Many consider the Ravens-Steelers games the best rivalry in the NFL, Baltimore renamed Week 4 as “Steeler Week.” Both teams have a 2-1 record and are fighting for first place in the division.
The Ravens are coming off an embarrassing 44-7 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Many speculate as to the blow-out loss; possible jet lag, no concentration.There has been a lot of controversy over that Ravens game for more reasons than the score. During the singing of the anthem, a few Ravens players kneeled, including former linebacker Ray Lewis. Since then, several fans have been showing videos on YouTube of them burning their season tickets and team jerseys in retaliation.
The Steelers are dealing with their own anthem controversy also. During their Week 3, it was agreed in advance that the team would stand in unity on the sidelines. At the last-minute, the team changed their mind and stood in the hallway while the coaches stood on the sidelines. The controversy continues during Week 4 since all fans and the NFL are eagerly awaiting what the teams will do during the singing of the anthem.
The Ravens are missing their No. #1 run stopper, Brandon Williams, who has missed two games thus far. According to Coach Harbaugh, it is not a season-ending injury and he should return to the field soon. Meanwhile, his replacements’ abilities will be put to the test. They need to be able to stop Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Although the team lost in London, the run defense held their own.
The Ravens top receiver, tight end Benjamin Watson is questionable to play but he says he is fine and is expected to play on Sunday. If he is not available, Flacco will have to rely more on Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman.
The Ravens will be sporting their menacing black uniforms when they face the Steelers. The Steelers have not won at M&T Bank Stadium since 2012. It is time for the Ravens to put the controversy aside and play the defense the Ravens are known for; the defense that shakes up quarterbacks. They need to continue to step up the offense with plenty of rushing and passing plays.