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This was a hard choice because of the other great game on Thursday night with Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers playing at home against the New Orleans Saints, but I had to go with the Ravens versus the Steelers because of the intensity of this rivalry the past two seasons.
This past offseason was filled with trash talk between these two AFC North rivals. Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested this offseason for a DUI, which sparked a Twitter argument between Steelers safety Ryan Clark and Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Before all of this, Steelers linebacker said that the Ravens would never win a Super Bowl with quarterback Joe Flacco behind center which sparked another debate.
These two rivals have played each other twice during the playoffs in the last two years once in the AFC championship game and once in the divisional playoffs. Both times, the Ravens lost.
When watching a Ravens versus Steelers game, you are bound to see hard hits, trash talking and defense all over the field. These two teams probably have the two best defenses in the NFL and are the most hard-hitting defenses in the league.
This Week 1 game is sure to be a hell of a game after all the talking this past offseason.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 17 Pittsburgh Steelers 13