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Scorp
01-12-2011, 12:02 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Baltimore Ravens for the third time this season Saturday, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't exactly looking forward to playing such a familiar foe.

"As a competitor, yes, you love it, but heck no, I hate playing the Ravens," Roethlisberger said Tuesday on a conference call, according to The Baltimore Sun. "They're so good. Defense, every single person and every scheme, everything they do, it just challenges you. As a competitor, you like that challenge and you like the competitiveness, but man, they're good."

The last time the AFC North rivals met, Dec. 5 at Baltimore, Roethlisberger came away with a broken nose, courtesy of an inadvertent hit to his face by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Roethlisberger said he knows it wasn't done on purpose, and he even accused the wrong player after the play.

"I have to apologize to Kelly Gregg," Roethlisberger said. "I blamed him for it during the game. I'll have to apologize when I see him on the field. I was giving him a hard time.

"But any time that these two teams play, the winner walks off feeling pretty good about themselves. I know that because I know some of the guys over there and I know what this rivalry means. So like I said, it's always a big-time game."

And Roethlisberger always plays big against the Ravens, going 8-2 overall and winning his last six meetings with them since 2006. After Ngata broke Roethlisberger's nose in the previous game, the quarterback shrugged off the injury, played the entire game and threw the decisive touchdown pass in Pittsburgh's 13-10 victory.

"We're going to get after him like we always do. It's going to be really important," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of facing Roethlisberger. "That's the key to stopping him: You've got to get him down. You can't let him extend plays."

At 6-foot-5 and 241 pounds, Roethlisberger looks more like a tight end than a quarterback, and he would rather run through a tackler than slide to a halt. In that December game against the Ravens, he entered with an injured right foot and left with a shattered nose, yet still did the job in a game that propelled Pittsburgh to the division title.

"I was glad we broke his nose," Harbaugh said with a wry grin, "and I was very impressed he played through it. Obviously, you can throw very effectively with a broken nose. He proved that."

According to The Sun, Roethlisberger wasn't upset by Harbaugh's statement about the broken nose.

"Coach Harbaugh and I have a pretty good relationship," said Roethlisberger, who shares the same alma mater -- Miami of Ohio -- as the coach. "I always talk to him before the game, just kind of a hello. He's a Miami guy, so I don't think he really meant anything malicious by it."

Baltimore has defeated Pittsburgh three times over the past four seasons, and in each instance, Roethlisberger missed the game. He was inactive in a 27-21 loss in 2007 because the Steelers already had clinched a playoff berth; he was sidelined with a concussion in a 20-17 defeat last year; and he sat out the first matchup this season while serving an NFL-issued suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

Now Roethlisberger is eager to extend a winning streak that he finds perplexing.

"I don't think there's any magic recipe other than I guess I'm lucky," Roethlisberger said. "That's all there is."

Added Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: "I don't read too much into those things. Ben has won a lot of games here, period. So, I don't think it's anything that he has over the Baltimore Ravens or anything of that nature."

Although Roethlisberger wound up with a broken nose last time, the Ravens intend to keep it clean in their effort to chase Roethlisberger out of the pocket.

"I am not going to say I wish him success or anything, or to have a good game or nothing like that," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "But we don't want to see anyone get hurt."

The Suggs versus Roethlisberger matchup is a rivalry within a rivalry.

"He and I usually battle it out, and these are always good games," the quarterback said. "I like his tenacity. He's tough and physical. We know all that stuff, but he never stops. His motor never stops going. He's a tough guy, and I like playing against him. We talk a little bit to each other out there, I won't call it trash talking, but we talk to each other. So it's a lot of fun."

Asked if he could remember the last time he lost to the Ravens, Roethlisberger replied: "I don't like losing. I remember all my losses."

http://http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d9d153/article/big-bens-competitive-juices-flow-when-facing-rival-ravens-?module=HP_headlines

steelchamp204
01-12-2011, 12:08 PM
nice, read, thanks for the article. You know Ben wanted to say something different about Harbaugh and what he said lol.

steelersbabex25
01-12-2011, 02:56 PM
I wouldn't look forward to playing a team if I always walked away with a broken bone or 2 either..

BlitzburghRockCity
01-12-2011, 03:06 PM
Over the years the guy has gotten killed when playing the Ravens. Sacked multiple times nearly every matchup, busted nose, still having the bad foot, concussions previously, you name it. I wouldn't like playing them either. You know Ben is going to be ready, but I'm sure he'd much rather play a team where he didn't get murdered. lol

I'm also quite sure there was a snicker or 2 during that call when asked those questions.

Steel Trap86
01-12-2011, 03:16 PM
Funny cause Heap and Mason both said they love to play the Steelers, and Flacco said it's gonna be fun. It's the playoffs, I wish somebody would man up and talk some smack already lol

steelersbabex25
01-12-2011, 03:19 PM
Funny cause Heap and Mason both said they love to play the Steelers, and Flacco said it's gonna be fun. It's the playoffs, I wish somebody would man up and talk some smack already lol

We don't have Joey Porter anymore :evilshake: and Anthony Madison is probably scared to talk smack now...we all know what happened last time.

LarryNJ
01-12-2011, 04:09 PM
It's the playoffs, I wish somebody would man up and talk some smack already lol

Leave that to the fans...I only wish for the players to win.

HUNT4SEVEN
01-12-2011, 05:01 PM
I'm glad our players don't smack talk:yesnod:, let there play on the field talk smack, that's the way it should be, like Larry said let us do the smack talking, I told Mike Wallace that on Twitter, the night before the game against the Clowns he basically said Cleveland was the wackest city he has been in, i told him he even though that is true:lol: leave the smack talk to us...let the rats keep talking smack in the end they will be watching the AFCN game just like most of us will be in front of the tv:lol:

steeldoc
01-12-2011, 05:31 PM
Tomlin has these guys under his thumb, they are pros, and will let their actions speak for themselves this weekend. Just punks these Ravens, insecure jealous punks.

harpo
01-12-2011, 07:32 PM
Leave that to the fans...I only wish for the players to win.

Agreed :plus1:

Real Deal Steel
01-12-2011, 11:57 PM
Loud mouth Ravens....Loud mouth Jets.....both will be eliminated this weekend.

steelersgal86
01-13-2011, 07:48 AM
Funny cause Heap and Mason both said they love to play the Steelers, and Flacco said it's gonna be fun. It's the playoffs, I wish somebody would man up and talk some smack already lol

Lastnight on ESPN Hines said they dont want to talk smack they dont want to get them fired up more than they already are...them talking smack is getting the Steelers fired up...and that is all we want...:gs:

Steel Trap86
01-13-2011, 01:58 PM
Lets take a second and remember these days lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7PbTNds7u8&feature=related

steelersbabex25
01-13-2011, 03:04 PM
Lets take a second and remember these days lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7PbTNds7u8&feature=related

I never forgot.