Emotions Will Run High Thursday Night

Chris Schisler

With all the scrutiny from the Ray Rice aftermath and the shadow of a heartbreaking defeat, this is the toughest start I can ever remember to a Ravens season. To add tension to the Ravens situation they have a game on Thursday night. It is a battle with Baltimore’s public enemy number one Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Needless to say emotions will run high on Thursday night.

A victory would steady the team and help the fans begin to heal. A loss would mean a crippling 0-2 start and would kick the fans while they’re are already hurting. I know it is week 2 but its hard to imagine a bigger must win moment (other than a playoff game). We don’t know whether this emotion will help or hurt the Ravens on Thursday.

Adversity is a word that football analysts love to throw around. There is no doubting that the Ravens are going through adversity. Its certainly a discombobulated short week. I think the Ravens will rise to the occasion.

The Steelers are coming into what will be a frenzied M&T Bank Stadium, with fans desperate for a victory. The Ravens will funnel all the anger and frustration of this week to beating their rival.

John Harbaugh is a good coach and will have the players focused. He revels in the motivating mantra that is us against the world. The Ravens have problems but lack of talent is not one of them. The Ravens have what almost feels like a playoff game in week 2. I expect the talent to shine in the big moment. This is an opportunity to showcase the joy of Baltimore football in this tough time.

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