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When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens meet, the only sure thing is there will be pain. Usually lots of it and usually it's bad enough that people leave the field. The hatred between the Ravens and the Steelers ensures that no matter what the score is, the players will leave it all on the field and hit the opposition as hard as they can.
This year Ravens-Steelers will happen twice in three weeks, meaning many bodies will fall to the ground. My guess is the genius that scheduled things this way is a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Because they have got to love seeing their two most-hated division rivals beat each other up.
Last year was an odd one in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, as the Ravens took control of the rivalry. Well the first game was a total domination as the Ravens destroyed the Steelers, 35-7, at M&T Bank Stadium. Not surprisingly, the Steelers regrouped from that loss and the game at Heinz Field would end up determining the AFC North champion.
A late Steelers touchdown had seemingly ended the narrative the way it always seems to end, with the Steelers narrowly winning. Then Joe Flacco had one of his best drives ever as a pro and he threw the go-ahead touchdown to Torrey Smith with eight seconds left. This gave the Ravens the AFC North title and the bye while the Steelers ended up losing in the Wild Card Round to the Denver Broncos.
When looking at this rivalry, it's just too close for me to see another sweep. Though the Steelers lead the rivalry, 21-14, the teams are basically equal right now. Which means in theory this should be another great game that has major AFC implications.
I hate to put the blame on the schedule-makers but seriously, Ravens-Steelers twice in three weeks? That is a major disservice to both teams, and I think both will suffer from it. Though I think the teams will split the series, here the Steelers will win by double digits for the first time since the 2008 AFC Championship.
Pittsburgh Steelers: 25 Baltimore Ravens: 14