Where Does Ravens vs. Steelers Rank Amongst NFL's Top Rivalry Games?

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Where Does Ravens vs. Steelers Rank Amongst NFL's Top Rivalry Games?
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Expect another hard-hitting game on Sunday Night Football.

The intense rivalry between two AFC North foes, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, starts up again in Week 11 action. Baltimore (7-2) is one game ahead of Pittsburgh (6-3) in the AFC North, so this is obviously a huge game to help determine who will win the division.

The rivals will meet again in two more weeks in Baltimore, so whoever loses the Week 11 match will have a chance at some revenge.

There are a number of great rivalries in the history of the NFL, but where exactly does the Baltimore and Pittsburgh rivalry rank among them? 

Leading up to this weekend's game, Pro Football Talk has dedicated some time to the rivalry and here are some quotes from key personnel about the series:

From Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "This is a defining type of rivalry. It means so much to both teams."

From Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: "It's about physicality. It's about playing good hard-nosed football."

From Steelers safety Ryan Clark: "These are the games that are the most competitive."

Those quotes all prove that this game matters greatly to both teams. It is about pride and imposing their will on the other team. The fact that this will be played in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football only adds to the importance of the contest.

We will devote the next four slides to taking a closer look at the Ravens and Steelers rivalry before we proceed to our overall ranking.

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