The Steelers hate the Ravens. The Ravens hate the Steelers.
Every time these two teams play each other, it is a slug fest.
Not only are these two teams in the same division, but they are a mirror image of each other.
Both are built on defense. Just like the days of the old AFC Central, if you are going to win in the North, it is going to be with defense.
Historically, these two teams are two of the best in the business when it comes to defense. The Steelers have this year one of the best defenses against the run, ever. They allowed a miniature 62.8 yards per game.
That is 27.3 yards per game less than the second-place Chicago Bears and 31.1 yards less than the Baltimore Ravens have allowed this year.
Only three other times in the NFL has a team allowed less than 75 yards per game over the season, and none since the Super Bowl era began.
On offense, the Ravens have Joe Flacco. Flacco seems to be on a similar path of the Steelers Ben Roethlisberger. Both are big and strong, with the ability to run away from pressure.
Both teams have a strong running game, with Ray Rice and Rashard Mendenhall.
Both have big play receivers with Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Anquan Boldin and TJ Whosyourdaddy.
Both have great players at tight end, with Todd Heap and Heath Miller.
None of that matters though, and Saturday, the Steelers and Ravens will once again face each other, with the winner advancing in the playoffs and the loser going home.
Terrell Suggs has shown his feelings towards the Steelers with his new shirt that I am sure is going to be a big seller in the Baltimore area.
Unfortunately for Suggs and the Ravens, it takes more than a shirt to end the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Suggs apparently realizes this, as he has stated that the winner of this game is going to be the Super Bowl champion.
"You can argue (top seeds) Atlanta and New England," Suggs said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "but ... anyone could argue the winner of this game will most likely go on to win the Super Bowl. You can put that out there because that's what these two teams got."
I understand that Suggs is excited about this game. To this point, he has already called the game Armageddon and World War III, though, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has tried to lessen this statement.
Who will win Saturday?
Expecting such a battle this Saturday, it is hard to imagine that either team is going to be ready in just one short week to play either the Patriots or the Jets for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
(Regardless of who wins, they will travel to New England to play the Patriots if the Patriots defeat the Jets, and if the Jets win, they will host the Jets next week.).
I just hope for the sake of Ravens fans, if they find a way to win at Pittsburgh on Saturday, they don't think the season is over because it is a long way from that.
As for Suggs, I think he may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.