Could there be a more physical game to start the season?
Not only are these two of the most smash-mouth teams in the NFL, their hatred for each other is unrivaled. Win, lose or draw, this is a game that both teams walk away from banged up.
With that said, who will win this pivotal week-one matchup?
I give the early nod to the Steelers who seem to have a little more offense at this point than do the Ravens. Just like the Steelers, the Ravens cornerbacks will be the weak point of an otherwise stellar defense.
I believe Ray Rice is more of a playmaker than Rashard Mendenhall, but the Steelers receiving corps is far superior to Baltimore's. Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller have a distinct advantage over Anquan Boldin and the recently acquired Lee Evans. Plus, Baltimore can't seem to beat a Ben Roethlisberger-led Steelers team.
Steelers 24 Ravens 20