On Thursday night at the M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore Ravens will be hosting WEEK 2 evening game by playing Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore´s 2014 NFL preseason was pretty solid as the team won four out of four games over top football powerhouses like: 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins and the Saints, but the Ravens´regular season game opener did not go as planned and the team took a low blow against Cincinnati Bengals for a final score of 16 -23.
Despite a 15-point lead by the Ravens, Bengals receiver A.J. Green got into the huddle and caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton with 4:58 left to provide Cincinnati with a feel-good 23-16 win over Baltimore last Sunday.
‘It’s big for the team, man,” Green said. ”Just taking that next step to being a great team. I think these games right here prepare us for going into the postseason. When we’re not scoring every play, when it comes down to making that play, I think that game will help us.”
Other news highlights are on the recent dismissal of Baltimore´s player Ray Rice and his indefinite suspension by the NFL, due to the release of a video footage where Rice is punching his then-fiancée (now wife), Janay Palmer, in the face.
Last August, NFL and League commissioner Roger Goodell announced stricter penalties for players involved in domestic violence going forward. Many football players and fans have praised the news of Rice’s termination, but some are calling into question the Ravens’ motivation for the contract termination, including Chris Kluwe, former punter for the Minnesota Vikings.
Here is the video on Ray Rice´s domestic violence involving Janay Palmer: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/nfl-knew-ray-rice-knockout-video-report-article-1.1933016
On the other hand, Pittsburgh Steelers preseason was kind of shaky as the team had losses to NY Giants, Eagles, and the Panthers but contrary to Baltimore they did quite well at their NFL regular season opening game over Cleveland Browns with a final score of 30 -27.
In a quick summary of what happened during the game; Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and a touchdown, running back Le’Veon Bell had 197 total yards and a score and Antonio Brown caught five passes for 116 yards with a touchdown. Brown added a highly entertaining (if illegal) kick to the face of Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning – and still the Steelers needed every last second to hold off the Browns.
Some of the upcoming game early predictions mention the following:
- Without their top playmaker, Baltimore will be looking for their quarterback Joe Flacco to perform like the player that led them to the Super Bowl. For the 2012 season, Joe Flacco signed a $120.6 million contract and after that followed his worst year in the NFL
- On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger had a very strong Week One performance. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 365 yards and a touchdown
- Le’Veon Bell could be the key for Pittsburgh in Week Two
- The Steelers and Ravens have one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL. Each year, the two teams play each other extremely close
These are a couple of interesting videos on the Steelers´latest action: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2747087/Pittsburgh-Steelers-Antonio-Brown-karate-kicks-Cleveland-Browns-Spencer-Lanning-face.html
The most recent betting odds on the game stand at:
Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 44.5o
Baltimore Ravens -2.5 44.5u
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