I’ll go ahead and be the bad guy.
The Ravens aren’t winning Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
They’d win if someone other than Ben Roethlisberger were playing quarterback for the Steelers.
But he’s playing.
And the Ravens can’t beat him at Heinz Field.
Last October when Charlie Batch was at the helm while Ben was suspended, I ran my mouth all week prior to the game and GUARANTEED that Baltimore wouldn’t lose to Batch in Pittsburgh. And they didn’t.
That was then. That was Batch. This is now. And he’s Roethlisberger. There’s a huge difference.
Sorry…I feel like I should probably “homer-up” and pick the Ravens to win just because it would anger me so much to see Pittsburgh win (again) up there.
But that’s not how I do things.
I call it like I see it. Or, at the very least, how I think I’m going to see it.
And I see Pittsburgh winning 20-16.
Roethlisberger will be the difference, as he almost always is when these teams meet in Pittsburgh.
I sure as hell hope I’m wrong.
But I can’t see the Ravens beating Big Ben up there on Sunday night.