PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Steelers look to avenage a 35-7 Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at home on Sunday night.
To do so, the Steelers will have to deal with a similar team, according to what Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday. Tomlin said that not much has changed with the Baltimore Ravens since the two teams met in Week 1.
Tomlin said Ray Rice is still a central point of the Baltimore offense and the Steelers need to do a better job against him this week as opposed to Week 1. Rice rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Week 1.
Tomlin continued to say what Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and his receivers were able to do in the second half of last week’s game against Arizona was impressive. The Ravens were down 24-6 at halftime to the Cardinals and came back to win, 30-27. Flacco passed for 336 yards and wide receiver Anquan Boldin had 145 of them.
Tomlin later added that there wasn’t a single player in the Steelers locker room that thought Baltimore was going to lose to Arizona, even after seeing the halftime score.
Tomlin said the Ravens defense is the same core of guys everyone’s used to seeing and they’re playing great. Accordingly, Tomlin said their special teams units are “rock solid.”
“They play ball the way they play ball and they impose it on you,” Tomlin said.
Some other quotables from Tomlin’s Tuesday press conference on Baltimore’s defense:
- “They’re slaying people.”
- “They’re very rarely out of place.”
- “They’re the best in the world right now.”
Tomlin said he’s not comfortable with putting the Steelers defense in the same conversation as Baltimore’s defense at this point in time.