Everyone in Baltimore takes pride in seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers lose.
We’ve all seen the shirts.
“I root for two teams: The Ravens and whoever is playing the Steelers.”
That’s all well and good. It’s fun to root against those slimy dirtbags from up north. They’ve ended the Ravens’ season two times in the past three years. They deserve our hatred.
While all of Baltimore is basking in the glory of watching Mike Tomlin and Big Ben walk off the field losers to a mediocre Denver Broncos team, I’m here to remind you that the high we’re all on right now may come at a very steep price.
That price could be the Ravens losing their chance at taking their talents to Indianapolis.
The Ravens are 8-0 at M&T Bank Stadium this year. They are 4-4 on the road, with losses to Tennessee, Jacksonville, Seattle, and San Diego.
Could the Ravens go to Foxborough and knock of New England in the AFC Championship? You bet they could.
Is it likely? I say no.
The Ravens did it in 2009 when they went ran all over the Patriots defense. They definitely have it in them to beat the Patriots in New England.
But an average road team going into New England this year is a much tougher proposition than staying at home in Charm City and facing a hobbled Pittsburgh Steelers team who the Ravens have already defeated twice in 2011.