We’ve frequently called the Ravens and Steelers the best current rivalry in the NFL. Steelers safety Ryan Clark doesn’t see it that way.
“People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers like so much of a rivalry, of a fight, you know. You can say it’s a rivalry if you like, but for something to be a rivalry, I think both teams have to win equally,” Clark told KDKA via the Baltimore Sun. “The hate between the fans doesn’t make it a rivalry. Teams have to win equally, and that really hasn’t been the case in our situation.”
He has a point. The Steelers have won seven of the last 10, including the last six that Ben Roethlisberger has started. Still, we disagree with the notion it’s not a rivalry.
Steelers and Ravens is great because it doesn’t just come from the fans. So many of their games have been classics, almost always coming down to the last possession. There is more hitting when these teams play than any other matchup.
We say it’s a rivalry regardless, but Joe Flacco and company could take it to another level if they could beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs.