The fiercest rivalry in the league will have a different feel than past years without the presence of Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Willis McGahee and others on the Baltimore roster.
From the Pittsburgh perspective, the roster has only one new starter in the lineup but now boosts an offense capable of being one of the most explosive in the league.
Each team has weaknesses along the offensive line and defensive backfield, and the winner may be whoever is able to exploit those weaknesses the most.
Nonetheless, it is time to get down to business and there is no better way to do so than the Steelers and Ravens according to Hines Ward.
“I can see why the league scheduled Baltimore-Pittsburgh to kick off the 2011 season,” said Ward. “That’s all the players have been talking about. The preseason is good to develop a team, but for the veteran guys, all we do is concentrate on Baltimore.”
A win in Week 1 will be a huge momentum boost for either team as they gain control of the division.