Hate to say it, but I will: Ravens can’t beat Big Ben in Pittsburgh

November 03, 2011 | Drew Forrester


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.


21 Comments For This Post

  1. John in Westminster Says:

    While credit is due to Ben, our offense against their defense gets just as much of the blame.

  2. Rick Moore Says:

    I hate to find myself agreeing with you, Drew, but I just don’t see our O line holding up to the pressure in the Ketchup bottle. They will be out for blood, after we humiliated them here. Joe had better hold onto the ball with both hands. Let’s hope Ben Grubbs is back. Seems like our line has not been the same since he went out after week 1.

  3. Bro Says:

    you are absolutely wrong!!! I guarantee the Ravens will win by 7

  4. Vinny Says:

    The truth hurts but I hope they can pull it off.

  5. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    It would be more accurate to say, “the Ravens won’t beat Roethlisburger in Pittsburgh”, bacause we both know that they “can” beat him! “Big Ben” is still hobbled and has always been vulnerable to the pass rush, but if Ngata doesn’t play, there won’t be as much “push” up front. I’m taking a philosophical approach to this game. If the Ravens are truly Super Bowl contenders, they will win this gamne on the way to a division title………

  6. Mike in Hampstead Says:

    Unfortunately Drew, I think that you are 100% correct. Until the Ravens actually go up there and beat them with Roethlisberger at QB, no one (including themselves) will ever believe that they CAN do it.
    BTW – This is why that horrible loss to Jacksonville hurts so much. The Ravens now have no room for error if they want to win the division.

  7. Liam Says:

    Oh c’mon Drew! This is the year we get a home playoff game and Pittsburgh has to come to us in January. We have a faster team than we did in previous years. I think that was the difference in week 1 and the Steelers obviously weren’t ready for it. They were used to Mason, Heap, Housh, Mark Clayton and all our possesion receivers. We’re younger and faster and our D is ranked #1.

    Ravens 27
    Steelers 17

  8. unitastoberry Says:

    Reverse Mojo…..If the guys are as stoked as the first game they win. If the guys are down like for Tenn and Jacksonville they dont win.

  9. David Says:


    Are you kidding me? Do you actually watch Ravens-Steelers games?! Let me tell you something about our games. In just about all of our losses (except the two where we had the UPS/McDonald’s/Mailmen guys playing corner) they were close. Let me tell you why. It had NOTHING to do with Rottenburger. Everytime we lose to Pittsburgh, it’s because we turn the ball over and give the Steelers a short field that they convert to the difference in the win. EVERY LOST. Remember the game in Pittsburgh where we had 3 TD called back? Remember the playoffs where they got 17 points off drives of 25 yards or less? Nah bruh, Ben isn’t our problem. Turning the ball over is our problem. Stop that and we beat the brakes off the Steelers. Name the last game we lost to the Steelers where they didn’t get a turnover which resulted in a short scoring field? …I’ll wait. The key to this game is how well we protect the football. If our offense doesn’t give the Steelers a short scoring field, they CAN NOT beat us. Period! I’m tired of smelling all this FEAR of Ben. It sickens me. They should fear us! Just who do you think is going up I-83 sunday night? The #1 defense in football. And if Grubbs is back it’ll be another beatdown. Remember 2006. THey said the same thing before the re-match. “We getting revenge”…. Never happenned.

  10. Ron Says:

    Bold prediction! Pretty much every media person is picking the Steelers. I do like how you didn’t do a dense text write up on this. History shows that you’re probably right. BUT if they do win, I hope it shuts up some of the Flacco bashers!

  11. Rich Weatherby Says:

    If the offense/special teams don’t give the game away early and can avoid putting the defense in bad positions, there is a strong chance for a Ravens win.

  12. bobp Says:

    Drew..i hope you are wrong but i can’t help but to think back to the second half of last years playoff game there. Those are bad memories i can’t get out of my head.

  13. Dave B Says:

    Nice try Drew, Reverse Psychology. I caught you therefore the effort is reversed!

  14. Cliff Says:

    Pittsburgh handed it to the Pat’s this past week and the Baltimore offense has looked like garbage.

    Ben will be the difference, and the only way the Raven’s win is if he makes an error trying to do a little too much against our D. Maybe, just maybe we get him to put the ball on the ground a couple times, perhaps we get a critical pick, but that’s the only way, the D will need to pretty much go out and play offense for us. A huge uphill battle on the road.

  15. Mike from Carney Says:

    I’ll stick with the apologists and guarantee a win !

    My favorite is when Ben’s Big nose tuned into a Z shape.

    That’s when the tables turned, baby !

  16. Marty Mossa Says:

    Must agree Drew, as much as I’d like not to. I hope I’m wrong, but one of two things are going to happen Sunday night. Either the Steelers are going to beat us 24-6 or if it’s a close game, the zebras will wave their majic wands called penalty flags and call something in the Steelers’ favor. I hope I’m wrong, but have seen too many controversial calls go the Steelers’ way to help them win ball games.

  17. Dan Says:

    Is it a night game , Is Flacco our QB , Is Cam calling the plays , ?? Good call Drew , they CAN win , but I dont expect they WILL win . If the Ravens are ahead when the clock runs out , wait at least 5 minutes ( for the refs to check out everything ) and then celebrate. Dan . . . . .

  18. charlie Says:

    drew, you’re being honest, which isn’t easy in this case. until the ravens show us that they can beat the steelers on the road under the bright lights; that they can stop big ben w/the game on the line; that they won’t wilt when the pressure is highest, then the steelers have to be favored. . . i hope that this sunday is that time, but they’ve gotta prove it.

  19. Franchise Says:


    A win at the Ketchup Bottle vs. Big Ben is possible tonight as long as the yellow laundry doesn’t determine the outcome of the game.


    Officiating Crew

  20. Franchise Says:

    Phantom Holding call on Smith negates a Rice TD on the first play of the game…….Horrible.

    How do you spell Walt Coleman and his Officiating Crew = THIEF in the Night


    The National Fixed League

  21. KARMA Says:

    you’re a bitch!

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