Well, it’s going to be hard for Samari Rolle to have an impact if he’s watching the game at Della Rose’s…..or his house……or wherever. But at least we know in advance.
All of the talk heading into this game is about whether or not this is a “must-win.” I’m fine with Aaron Wilson saying the Ravens must win, but I don’t like Gary Lambrecht straddling the fence. Either they must win, or it’s not a “must-win.” In technical terms, it’s obviously not a must win-but its hard to imagine the Ravens don’t have at least two more losses on this schedule (the Patriots and Colts are OBVIOUSLY superior), and 10-6 isn’t even a guarantee to get in.
I will say this IS a must win for the Ravens, for both wins and losses AND for psyche. This team hasn’t won a meaningful game all season (The Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, and Rams are all TERRIBLE), and they need SOMETHING to get amped about.
With all of that being said, the secondary is going to be an issue, and McNair and Heap HAVE to find the endzone. Field goals just won’t work here. I’m not overly confident in the Ravens.
24-19 Steelers. But let’s see what everyone else has to say…
The Official Site announces Samari Rolle doesn’t make the trip to Pittsburgh
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley picks the Steelers to double up the Ravens
The Sun’s Dave Golokhov breaks down Fantasy Impact Ravens will have Monday Night
ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli says Ravens looking for a season ‘jump start’
ESPN Insider Michele Tafoya says Mike Tomlin wasn’t around for Ravens’ maulings last year (must subscribe)
ESPN Insider Ron Jaworski says both teams will blitz (must subscribe)
ESPN Insider/Scouts Inc.’s Gary Horton says it will come down to the RBs (must subscribe)
ESPN offers a Scouting Report for the game (all of them are picking the Steelers)
Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz & Ned Macey are impressed by Mark Clayton and Santonio Holmes
Aaron Wilson does what I thought about doing; calls tonight’s game a ‘must win’
Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Billick thinks last year’s wins were ‘a lifetime ago’
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown profiles Detroit natives Larry Foote and Bart Scott
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Scott Brown looks at the party the Steelers are holding Monday night
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Joe Starkey is in love with Steelers’ rookies
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette says there’s a ‘bitter’ feeling to tonight’s game
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac breaks down Steelers-Ravens
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac looks at Big Ben vs. Ed Reed
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac says 52 WANTS the Steelers to run
Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says Ravens looking to crash party
Beaver County Times’ Mike Bires says tonight will be special
Steel City Insider gives the vitals for tonight’s game
Steel City Insider’s Neal Coolong IDs key match-ups for Ravens-Steelers
Fanhouse’s JJ Cooper says Ravens and Steelers just plain don’t like each other
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says tonight’s game will be ‘physical’
The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Ravens season could be on the line tonight
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says the Ravens don’t always shine with the country watching
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens are at cross roads
The Sun’s Ken Murray loves the ‘drama’
The Sun’s Heather Dinich wonders if Ralph misses Donnie Woods
The Sun’s Heather Dinich was surprised by a lot of things in Maryland’s loss
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps don’t want to be ‘defeated’
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens THINKS Ralph said Jordan Steffy won’t play
Terrapin Territory’s “JFliegel” wants to move on from the Carolina game as quickly as possible
Turtle Sports Report’s Jeff Ermann says Justin Lewis is re-considering things (must subscribe)
The Examiner’s David Duberstein says Terps must win out
The Examiner’s Tony Giro spews some drivel about football, then screws up a comparison about Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams (I usually like Tony, too!)
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps’ psyche is just as banged up as their bodies
The Sun’s Jeff Barker rewinds Maryland-Carolina
The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Navy is still basking in their win
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner offers a game recap a day late
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner looks back on 43 years of futility
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says it was fitting for Navy to snap the streak in South Bend
Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says Mids received hero’s welcome in Annapolis
Washington Times’ Corey Masisak says Mids’ win could have long-term effects
Go Mids grades the Mids for their win over the Irish (must subscribe)
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder looks at how win impacted campus
The Sun’s Sandra McKee rewinds Navy-Notre Dame
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says ‘miscues plague Tigers’
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Bears want to keep winning
The Examiner’s Sean Walsh previews McDaniel-Hopkins
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec sits down with Andy MacPhail
Inside The Warehouse unleashes their Top 50 organizational prospects (must subscribe)
Oriole Central looks at the housecleaning the O’s are doing
Cookin’ With Gas breaks down some numbers in relation to the Birds
WNST’s Nestor Aparicio says you can see videos from his trip to Asia with Cal
The Examiner’s Tony Giro lists Earl Weaver amongst his 5 best managers of all time
The Sun’s Patrick Stevens tells us he didn’t put the Terps in his 25; tells us who did
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon announces Niko Amato to Maryland
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL:
The Sun’s Mike Frainie profiles the new State Volley Champions-St. Paul’s (they just so happen to have a player named Jillian Unitas-John’s granddaughter-on their team)
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Jamal Lewis had a GREAT day today for the Browns, which is reason for the Ravens to be concerned that the Browns team that beat them up in Cleveland is for real. You know, Derek Anderson might have been a quarterback of the future…..but it probably would have never worked out here anyway. It had to be bittersweet for Jamal though, as I’m sure he would have liked to have held on to his single-game rushing record for a few more days at least.
-Donnie Woods, Jared Gaither, etc would have OBVIOUSLY made a difference for the Terps this season. But Ralph has had talent before and struggled (Shawne Merriman AND Vernon Davis were on a team that failed to get bowl eligible). Ralph needs to open up. I know I’ve said this before, but Ralph is STILL coordinating the offense like a Head Coach. That just doesn’t fly. It may have cost him chances at BCS appearances in a BAD ACC over the last two seasons.
-Tony Giro, listen up. I know that everyone wants to compare Maryland’s basketball and football teams because the football team missed bowls two straight years, and the basketball team missed the tournament two straight years. But that’s where the comparisons end! Gary Williams can be compared to Lute Olson, Tom Izzo, Jim Calhoun, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, and Jim Boeheim. Ralph Friedgen can be compared to Mark Mangino, Al Groh, Jim Grobe, Greg Schiano, Mike Belotti (although maybe not anymore), and MAYBE even coaches like Rich Rodriguez, Mark Rycht, and Jeff Tedford. Do you understand the difference in these two groups?
-What do you think the biggest Orioles-related story to come from the GM meetings will be? I’ll say the Birds somehow find a way to bring Jeff Conine back.
Talk to you tomorrow.