This rivalry is what football is all about. Rex Ryan versus Bill Belichick attracts a lot of attention, but for the real football fans, this is definitely the game of the year.
The Steelers and Ravens are the two toughest, hardest hitting teams in the NFL. Both of them have big, tough, strong-armed quarterbacks, strong running games and ferocious defenses. The matchups are endless: Terrell Suggs versus Big Ben, Ed Reed versus Hines Ward, Michael Oher versus James Harrison, Troy Polamalu versus Joe Flacco, etc. These two teams are perfectly matched for each other, and their games always turn into literal bloodbaths that go down to the wire.
The Steeler's 31-24 win over Baltimore in the playoffs was the largest margin of victory since January of 2008. Every other game in between was decided by a field goal.
Last year, the Ravens and Steelers played three times, twice in the regular season, once in the playoffs. Each game was a bone-crunching struggle right to the finish. I expect this year to be no different. The Ravens-Steelers matchup on Week 9's Sunday Night Football should be the best game of the season.