Alright, immediately after Big Ben left the game last night after hurting his shoulder, I was already seeing tweets and comments from Ravens fans that they hope Roethlisberger plays because we want to beat them at their best.
WHAT??? This is the NFL, you never take on a team at their best, every team in the NFL has a starter that is hurt at least 99.99% of the time so you are never beating a team at their best. Do you think Steelers fans are up in the steel city saying I wish Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb were playing so we can beat them at their best? NO WAY!! They, like myself, just want to beat the opposition.
I want to see Baltimore go up to Pittsburgh Sunday Night and beat the tar out of the Steelers with or without Roethlisberger, I don’t care who is playing, a win is a win. At the end of the season when you look at a team’s record, does it have an asterisk next to it stating, well they beat X Team without X Player….NOPE.
Having said all of that, Baltimore should not be thinking that without Roethlisberger this is going to be an easy win, it certainly helps their chances, and they should win, but its not a gimme. Leftwich is a professional quarterback and will be prepared, but the Ravens are still going to have to stop Dwyer and Redman as the Steelers are going to run the football and run it right at the Baltimore defense.
I will be wearing my purple Sunday Night and rooting for a Ravens victory, no matter who is on the field.