When the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers go head to head, the unexpected is always expected. So on Sunday, when back up quarterback went into Baltimore and beat the 9-2 Ravens no one was surprised. Right. Nonetheless, the AFC North could easily have three teams in this years NFL playoffs, but which one is the scariest? In my mind it is the battered Pittsburgh Steelers.
Without Ben Roethlisberger, this team has struggled. Now 1-2 without there starting QB, Big Ben’s health is obviously crucial to this ball club making another postseason run. While Roethlisberger was a long shot from the get-go to play on Sunday, his status for next Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers is still up in the air. After that game the Steelers will trek to Dallas, then finish up at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers will be favorites to finish 11-5, but as we saw today the NFL is as unpredictable as it gets.
While the Ravens 9-3 record is enticing, keep in mind who the best team they have done against elite NFL teams. In particular a 43-13 drubbing by the Houston Texans, and week two loss to Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens most quality win is against the New England Patriots in week three. A road game against the Washington Redskins is the Ravens next game, followed by a home game against the Denver Broncos. Then, the New York Giants travel to Baltimore and they end the season against the Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium.
Experience overrides talent come playoff time and I like my odds with the proven Pittsburgh Steelers. At the end of the day, the Steelers are the most dangerous heading into the postseason push in 2012.