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Ravens will watch scoreboard, but will play starters regardless

John Harbaugh

The Ravens need to beat the Bengals on Sunday, and hope the Steelers lose in Cleveland in order for Baltimore to get a playoff bye.

We should know by now nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, especially in a hard-fought division like the AFC North.   After all, the Browns beat the Steelers in Cleveland last year.  (The Steelers are better now, but so are the Browns.)

The Ravens win is hardly guaranteed too.  The Bengals destroyed one of the hottest teams in football last week, and beat the Ravens earlier this season.   Both AFC North games start at 1:00 p.m. ET and Ravens coach John Harbaugh is fine with a little scoreboard watching.

“When the score comes up, I’m sure all of us are going to take a look,” coach John Harbaugh said via the Baltimore Sun.  “We’re going to know by the crowd’s reaction. I don’t have a problem with that.”

Harbaugh says that the Steelers score won’t change his approach.  In the unlikely event the Steelers had a insurmountable lead, the Ravens won’t pull their starters.

“We’ll just play it like we always play it, and we’ll try to win,” Harbaugh said.

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21 Responses to “Ravens will watch scoreboard, but will play starters regardless”
  1. ravensj5 says: Dec 30, 2010 10:11 AM

    I do not see the Browns beating the steelers…we just need to worry about beating the bengals….they seem to have our number lately…..
    Come on Ravens v. steelers AFC Championship game……

  2. myspaceyourface says: Dec 30, 2010 10:24 AM

    NON-STORY

  3. bonesuggsnharmony says: Dec 30, 2010 10:37 AM

    This game is meaningless if the Steelers win, if the Steelers pull away – players like Reed, Lewis, Mcclain, and others struggling with past injuries need to be sidelined so they are ready for the playoffs… last thing we need is a injury right before the playoffs

  4. somesome says: Dec 30, 2010 10:46 AM

    Always good having meaningful games in the last week. Better than when some teams clinched everything and lay low and affect lower seedings by not showing up at all.

  5. knowerofallthings says: Dec 30, 2010 10:47 AM

    Ravens Steelers rematch in the best rivalry in the NFL. Epic

  6. Reggie's Bush says: Dec 30, 2010 10:52 AM

    Kudos on the updated iPhone app… Comments are necessary for this site to be awesome.

    Now if you can only remove hardballtalk, prohockeytalk, horriblefightingirishtalk and the like it would be perfect

  7. myspaceyourface says: Dec 30, 2010 10:53 AM

    Yeah Ravens vs. Steelers would be great, I just don’t see it happening this year. . .

  8. gypjet says: Dec 30, 2010 10:54 AM

    OMG, Cleveland, please hide all your young ladies and close your bars. A serial drunken rapist will be in town this weekend. Trust me, the number ’7′ will not be your lucky number.

  9. cincyorangenblack says: Dec 30, 2010 10:57 AM

    we’ve always had the Ravens #….man up

  10. sgraham628 says: Dec 30, 2010 11:03 AM

    Why is it unlikely that the Steelers will have an insurmountable lead?

  11. dahntahnpittsburghguy says: Dec 30, 2010 11:13 AM

    “In the unlikely event the Steelers had a insurmountable lead”

    I’m not sure it’s that unlikely, dude.

  12. 8man says: Dec 30, 2010 11:16 AM

    bonesuggsnharmony says:
    Dec 30, 2010 10:37 AM
    This game is meaningless if the Steelers win, if the Steelers pull away – players like Reed, Lewis, Mcclain, and others struggling with past injuries need to be sidelined so they are ready for the playoffs… last thing we need is a injury right before the playoffs
    ——————————————
    Dude, both games are at 1pm. The Ravens won’t know anything for sure until sometime well into both games.

    They have a chance to win the division, get a bye and host a playoff game. They have play all out. How bad will it taste if the Steelers lose and Ravens lay an egg also? Probably worse than that fumble caused by Polamalu when the Ravens had the Steelers beat.

  13. kokoskmr says: Dec 30, 2010 11:35 AM

    This story does not jibe with the Thursday One liner below about Harbs wanting to play Bulger. I think the Ravens will play to win on Sunday. They want to play well for their home crowd, especially if they can’t bring home a playoff game. They want to prove themselves against the Bengals who have had their number lately. I think that the Ravens will not play conservatively just to protect their players. I don’t think that they will risk their players unnecessarily if there is no chance to win. The Ravens also want to Browns to win. Even though a Browns win is unlikely.

    I am sure that the Ravens would love to get a chance to play the Steelers again in the playoffs. More importantly, they’ve been in the playoffs in each of the last 3 seasons. I think the Ravens want to get to the Superbowl. I don’t think they care who they have to go through to get there. You can tell that from Terrell Suggs comments on being chosen for the Probowl. The Probowl is nice, but I hope to be watching it from Dallas while I’m getting ready to play in the Superbowl!

    GO RAVENS!!

  14. holeinone09 says: Dec 30, 2010 11:55 AM

    Most Steeler games go down to the wire, which makes them great to watch. Especially true with divisional games, no matter how much better one team is versus the other. Steelers need to take care of business against the Browns. Steelers are clearly the better team, but again it’s a divisional game. I wish the Steelers could rest some folks, but they can do that during the bye week. I don’t want anyone else to get hurt, they have had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries this season.

    I also would love to see the Steelers play the Ravens again in the playoffs, it is the best rivalry in the NFL. Two really good, hard hitting teams, with a lot of similarities. But, for other selfish reasons, I also would love to see the Steelers play the Pats, so we can kick their tails when it counts. Not sure if both can happen in the playoffs. But as long as the Steelers go to the Super Bowl, I will be a happy camper!

    GO STEELERS!!

  15. dahntahnpittsburghguy says: Dec 30, 2010 12:17 PM

    The difference between the No. 2 seed and No. 5/No. 6 could be enormous. There’s no sugarcoating it.

    Ravens are a tough team and they’ve won on the road in the playoffs the past two years but they didn’t go all the way. They ran out of gas in Pittsburgh in 2008/2009 and then lost at Indy in 2009/2010.

    They may have to win at Indy, Pittsburgh and New England to get to the Super Bowl as the No. 5 seed.

    We’ll see how it unfolds this weekend but if things remain how they are (no upsets), you have to appreciate how important and pivotal the finish was between the Steelers and Ravens with Polamalu getting the sack/fumble.

  16. herokravon says: Dec 30, 2010 12:44 PM

    Steelers will lose this week 16-13.

  17. cincinnatifan says: Dec 30, 2010 1:13 PM

    Just beat the Steelers when you play them in the playoffs…please.

  18. steelersisgutter says: Dec 30, 2010 1:24 PM

    steelers will hopefully beat the browns but ravens wont make it past the first round of the playoffs and as for the big ben comment your just mad cause ur team dont have a good qb that has 2 rings

  19. spungy says: Dec 30, 2010 1:36 PM

    Carson Palmer has the Raven’s number. Carson is lol “peaking” now too.

  20. grpatriot says: Dec 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    Ravens ideally would like to sit this one out, but too much at stake…This effectively adds a playoff type game on the players. The Ravens aren’t a young team and has to beat Cincy!
    Root like hell for Cleveland to pull the upset of the year! (very unlikely) jump from 5 to 2 seed.
    Otherwise an older team on the road throughout!

    On the road for the 1st playoff game most likely at KC..Ravens …should win ?

    Then probably on to Pittsburgh….asking a lot for them to win again…if they win…?

    On to Foxborough against NE….out of gas and Brady carves them up…2 and done, again…

  21. bebopa says: Dec 30, 2010 4:42 PM

    Steelers will beat Browns, take it to the bank.

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