Skip to comments.Big Ben Back to Beginning: Facing Ravens (Roethlisberger/Steelers Try One More)
Posted on 12/26/2004 7:31:24 AM PST by beyond the sea
Ben Roethlisberger can take it full circle today against the Ravens. Back on Sept. 19 in Baltimore, the rookie quarterback was flung into the NFL's high seas, sink or swim. Today, he can skipper the Steelers to the AFC's treasure island, the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
"That first game, he got his feet wet,'' receiver Hines Ward said. "He's in the water now."
Roethlisberger went from "some little young kid who's just out of college" -- Alan Faneca's infamous description -- to royalty in Pittsburgh in the past three months. He's 12-0, a Pro Bowl alternate, Dapper Dan Man of the Year, a David Letterman guest, Big Ben, with sandwiches and untold babies named after him. He hasn't lost in the past 25 games, going back to his days at Miami (Ohio), as a starter. He did taste losing Sept. 19 when he replaced injured Tommy Maddox early in the third quarter and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 30-13 Ravens victory.
It is the only Steelers loss in a 13-1 season. One more victory, either today or next Sunday in Buffalo, would earn the Steelers a bye in the first round of the playoffs, setting the stage for two victories at home to reach the Super Bowl in Jacksonville.
(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...
I don't see any way the Ravens can win this game. They managed only ten points last week against the weak Colts D - how will they do against the Steelers? And the Ravens vaunted 'D' is in decline. And if they lose this game the playoffs are gone too.
That's motivation. I'm just glad we have this one at home. Crowd noise at Heinz is the 12th man on the field.
BTW, could any team have an easier schedule than the Eagles?
"It's hard to think of him as a rookie because I think he's earned the respect of all the veteran guys," said Jerome Bettis, a 12-year veteran. "Just through his play, how he's been able to manage the games and be consistent enough to win football games. The notion of the rookie kind of went out the door after we started winning and he didn't play like a rookie." ------
Snow flurries and around 23 degrees herein the 'Burgh right now. Ben's been looking real happy all week in the papers and in the news. Here's hoping he's still smiling at around 4:15 p.m. today.
Yoi, double yoi!
Anybody that's still doubting Ben now will never be silenced. That being said I'm really glad the Dolphins beat the Pats Monday and gave my beloved Steelers a game of cushion. This is one of the games I've been fearing since we beat the Pats and got the tie-breaker for home field.
Nearly anyone in the NFC.
Ben's looking real relaxed this week as Burress seems to be coming back to try to cause some mayhem. I hear martin_fierro is in the 'Burgh this weekend, so maybe the great one is right there on the 50 yard line....... or better yet, out in the parking lot mooching barbecued ribs and beer from some faithful Stiller fans!
The article seems a bit ambiguous to me: a win today not only gets Pittsburgh the bye, but also guarantees home field advantage throughout.
Yes, one more time. Win today, lose next week, help Buffalo get into the playoffs : ^ )
And in the voice of Myron Cope "What's going on down there???"
Here you go. Stick to what you know.
No fan of the Eagles here. But they don't make the schedule and can only play the opponents they are presented with. They also benefit by being in the NFC Least. However, their season just went out with TO. Oh they'll beat the Rams and whomever they play next week, but the playoffs are another matter.
Word on the street is that the Steelers' locker room ain't the happy place it should be at this point. Some of the veterans seem to think Big Ben is getting a little too big for his britches.
Plaxico Burress will start today!!!
"Right now I feel pretty good," Burress said. "I'm going to give it a go and play and do the things I'm capable of doing."
Burress fully tested his hamstring for the first time Wednesday in practice and felt tightness the next day.
"It was a little sore," he said. "But I think it was all the muscles around the hamstring. I feel a lot better now."
He practiced each day this week, returning to the first team, returning to patterns that whisked him downfield. So fast was Burress on one occasion, he needed to decelerate to catch a long pass from Ben Roethlisberger Thursday.
Hee hee hee!
Here you go. Stick to what you know.I know I hate both these teams....LOL.
It's tough to believe the kid is too big for his britches. It ain't braggin' if he can do it. It's also tough to believe there could be much resentment for 13 and 1.
Word on the street is that the Steelers' locker room ain't the happy place it should be at this point. Some of the veterans seem to think Big Ben is getting a little too big for his britches.Roethlisberger really hasn't been all that impressive if you look at his numbers. He's more Mike Kruczek than Terry Bradshaw. He benefits from having a tremendous OL (and the resulting running game) and, ironically, from being a little hesitant. He takes sacks at times when Stewart would have tried to force a play and fumbled or thrown a pick. The main reason the Squealers have been so good, their D, has been overlooked.
Luke McCown is going to be a better NFL quarterback than Roethlisberger, if the Browns ever get him a line (D'Brickshaw Ferguson....come on down).
Just telling you what's coming, off the record, from the beat reporters who cover the locker room. None of them will report it officially, for obvious reasons.
Sounds a bit like disease that has infected the Dimocrats.
Those supposed rumored "unhappy" players wouldn't be suffering from the same thing, would they?
I mean ... I mean ... they are all team players, right?
Try to be an adult.
Guess who the backup QB for the Ravens is??Pun intended?
That's BS. Ben gives more credit to his teammates than any other quarterback I've ever watched. You never get the feeling listening to this guy or the other offensive players that there is anything but mutual respect.
What street are you hanging out on in Pittsburgh, by the way?
Yep, sure thing. The particluar player voicing these concerns used to be the media darling in Pittsburgh before Big Ben took off.
Cordell Stewart is no pun. Pun(k) maybe.
I am still trying to figure out how Miami beat New England last monday.
Buffalo, Jacksonville, the Ravens, and Denver are all currently vying for the final playoff spot in the AFC (assuming the Jets win one of their final two games, they have the fifth spot). Denver won last night to go to 9 - 6. Ravens, Bills and Jags are all 8 - 6 this morning. I just don't think 9- 7 will get them in (and that's assuming the Ravens beat Miami next week). Today:
Jags vs Houston
Buffalo vs San Fran
Ravens vs Pitt
NY Jets vs Pats
Oh man, not that rumor again!
Hubby and our 13 year old daughter are at the game. We were fortunate to find tickets...it was her favorite Christmas gift!
I still am worried about this game, but I'm glad to see that the long range forecast for Buffalo is decent weather for next week.
I just hope Burress does not hurt anything worse today as he tries to play a little, and I pray that 'The Bus' stays as healthy as he is. I am astounded by the way he's running!
the kid's looked more ordinary as of late, but keeping it in context, his poise at that age is really something. new england's slip-up in Miami sets the table for the Steelers, and a potential rematch with those Pats in Pittsburgh.
Maybe what he was trying to say was that we need not win this week in order to have all the homefield advantage. A win next week can do the same thing.
I say .... let's get it over with in the next few hours!
Quite a shocker eh? Brady saves his worst game of the year - maybe as a pro period - for a game against a 2-and-eleven team that should have been a laugher. One of the things I have really admired about the Pats over the last several years is that they never lost to teams they were supposed to beat, i.e. last weeks' Dolphins. This in stark contrast to teams like Minnesota, New Orleans, Denver, and even Indy to some extent. Will be interesting to see how they rebound against NY today.
Hmmm-Haaa!!! Yoi........... I'll be at the Cope-acabanna after the game for some totties and some conversation!
It's a 1:00 p.m. game.
Hey, go find a Browns thread to ruin, if there is any!!!!!!sorry Browns
You gotta love McNabb's mother on those commercials handing out the food for the team....... and getting the Gatorade treatment in the end!
That is BEAUTIFUL.
ESPN: Reggie White, dead at 41 of massive coronary
Rest in Peace
Correction: He was 43 years old.
There are always so many factors to consider that affect the outcome of a game. Its just the nature of sports. Homefield is at least somewhat of known factor. Throughout sports roughly 60% of games are won by the home team. But that means 40% are won by visitors. Beyond that what else is there to consider. Past performance? Weather for outdoor stadiums? Talent? That's kind of a variable. How about how each player spent Christmas? What if some important player had a huge blowup with family yesterday? Maybe Brady was having trouble buying gifts and that threw him off last Monday...hehe.
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