Steelers 38 Ravens 7 (The PAYBACKS ARE A ….. Game)

There were plenty of things we could have called this one. The “Monday Night Massacre” would have fit nicely, as would the “Prime Time Pounding,” the “Three River Ripping,” or the “Steel City Shitty Bed.” Maybe even more fitting than all of those would be the “Wow, the Ravens really stink” game. In the end, though, our hated rivals got their revenge on the purple and black, atoning for last year’s 31-7 and 27-0 Ravens wins with a 38-7 smack down of their own. The payback couldn’t have worked out any better for the Steelers, who were able to completely embarrass the Ravens on national television, pulling the rug out from under them and sending B-More’s already shaky “playoff contender” house of cards crashing to the rain-soaked earth.

The night started innocently enough, as the Ravens forced Pittsburgh to punt on their first possession, then managed to convert a 3rd-and-6 for what would end up being their only first down of the 1st half, and one of just five on the night. However, 3 plays later, after initially eluding blitzing LB James Harrison, Steve McNair seemed to completely forget Harrison was there, dropping the ball to throw it right as Harrison caught back up and sacked him, forcing McNair into his league leading 5th lost fumble. As a result, the Steelers started their drive at the B-More 20. The Ravens bottled up Willie Parker on consecutive runs to set up a 3rd-and-7, which was where the night really turned downhill quickly. Trevor Pryce busted through the Pissburgh line, and had Baby Ben Toothlessburger all wrapped up for what should have forced a long field goal attempt in windy, rainy conditions. Instead, Pryce was unable to secure the quarterback, surely due in part to the cast he was wearing on his surgically repaired wrist, and Frankenburger’s overgrown, corn-fed, motorcycle crashing a** was able to skip free, run outside the pocket, and find tight end Heath Miller in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. It was a scene that played over and over last night, with the Ravens forcing the Steelers into passing situations, pressuring the quarterback, but then being unable to seal the deal and watching as another Steelers receiver ran completely free through the inexperienced and overmatched secondary. Five times in the first 29 minutes of playing time the Steelers were able to find the end zone through the air. Only a 33 yard touchdown scamper from Willis McGahee saved what likely would have been a Steel Town shutout, making the score 35-7 at the half.

Has anyone else noticed that Hines Ward looks like a middle-aged Korean woman these days? Or is it just us? Hit someone else while they’re not looking, big man.

Hines Ward: Happy to hit you when you’re not looking

In this week’s poll, the Nest is asking you all to help us choose a new nickname for Steve McNair. Its all in fun, but unfortunately the reality is that for the Ravens to have any chance at all this season, his name is going to have to be something along the lines of “Former Ravens Starting Quarterback” Steve McNair. “Error” McNair was absolutely atrocious again last night. If he or the team has decided to try to hide some injury that he has, it needs to stop. If this is Steve healthy, he needs to retire, like yesterday. It is obvious that his body cannot do the things that he has come to expect, and he looks tired, old, and washed up. At one point in last night’s game, he managed to underthrow a zero yard pass! The Ravens longest completion of the night was NINE yards! And, to put a big fat bow on the gift of futility McNair has bestowed upon Ravens nation, Steve set an NFL record for the fewest passing yards (63) in a game by a quarterback in which he has at least 13 completions.

For the game:
13 of 22 for 63 yards, one interception, and two fumbles (one lost).
For the season:
116 of 179 for 985 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 5 lost fumbles

Brian Billick has stated that Steve McNair remains his starting quarterback, an assertion that should give Ravens fans night terrors. The Coach needs to take a long, hard look at himself and his team moving forward, as the Ravens have now laid their second straight absolute turd in a big game coming off a bye week (Last year vs. IND being the previous). We do not claim to know the answers, and we will certainly stick by our team through this rough patch. There is no denying, however, that something needs to change, and fast.


5 Responses to “Steelers 38 Ravens 7 (The PAYBACKS ARE A ….. Game)”

  1. Ashley Says:

    I’ve heard and read numerous times since Monday nights game the term “pathetic” used to describe the Ravens performance. Its embarassing. Whats equally embarassing, and also confusing and frustrating, is sitting in your living room or at the local bar asking yourself and the people you’re with why McNair is still in the game. And 15-30 minutes and more screw ups later, you’re still asking yourself that question, as is every announcer/commentator for the game. EVERYONE is asking this, except for the coach. I feel like it should be a written law somewhere that if you have 3+ fumbles and 1+ interception in the first 6 or so drives, and just generally look like you’d rather be watching the game from your cozy living room than playing in the game, then you should be taken out immediately. I’m very disappointed, but of course I’ll continue to be supportive.

  2. SprizzNizz Says:

    go pack!

  3. John Says:

    Hi, I just stumbled on your blog today, and I must say that I am impressed with the tremendous depth that the author has both in sports and in writing. I am not a Ravens fan. But, I am also not a Pittsburgh fan. I know many who read this blog are Baltimore fans. Speaking strictly from an objective point of view, and I hope none of you fans will not lose hope in your team, I DO NOT THINK BALTIMORE WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.Ever since the old Cleveland team moved to your city, you have experienced a lack of big-name, talented offensive players; the type that would bring Free Agents to the Baltimore market. The list is endless: Testaverde, Stoney Case, Elvis Grbac, Trent Dilfer, Michael Jackson, Jermaine Lewis, Qadry Ismail. Most of these guys were either in the hey-day of their careers or just trying to emerge in the spotlight. I fear that your defense is precariously falling into that picture. THE “MUCH VAUNTED” Baltimore Defense DOESNT PUT THE SCARE in teams as it has done so in the past. Ray Lewis is 45 years old (and I say that tongue and cheek). Ed Reed is still in his prime. But, overall, your defense is getting older and older. Sooner or later, there will become the time to replace these players with much younger, talented individuals.Baltimore has a history of not having outstanding offenses even during the Billick era. The focus has always been on defense—the creme de la creme. But, how do you expect the defense to get a INT night in night out, and score a TD? Currently, your team has only scored 7 OFFENSIVE TDS in the last 8 games. Matt Stover is your BEST WEAPON, which says a lot. Your team DOES NOT have the capability to come from behind against Tier 1 teams such as Indy and New England—and dare I say Pittsburgh or even San Diego.I think what is needed is a new coaching change as well as a Front Office makeover; perhaps even a philosophical/culture change (ie. more focus on offense). Much like other Baltimore teams (ie. Orioles) that have suffered through much aligned front office/personnel moves, I think the Ravens are on the cusp of that. You NEED TO ATTRACT ALL PLAYERS to the Baltimore market, not just the defensive ones or the offensive players well past their primes—simply because they have a “brand name”—like a Steve McNair. Blame, if any, should be brought down on the Front Office.This year, Maryland in general, has not had a good year in sports.Orioles had their 11th consecutive losing seasonRavens are an at-par teamMaryland Terps football has a losing recordMaryland Terps basketball will be young, inexperienced—and are not in the Preseason Top 25Only the lacrosse team may have appeal.This is indeed a sad time for the great state of Maryland. But, continue supporting your teams. ALL THE BEST!!

  4. Bob Says:

    I can’t wait until the Shittsburg Squealers come to B-more. I think that Mr. Cheapshot–Heiny Ward, is going to get his head knocked off!!!

  5. Mike Says:

    margaret cho for mayor!

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