There’s a certain type of schoolyard bully who has to talk tough in order to make himself feel tough. According to Steelers defensive tackle Casey Hampton, the Baltimore Ravens are just that kind of schoolyard bully.
With the next installment in the heated Ravens-Steelers rivalry now just five days away, Hampton says the Ravens talk up the rivalry not because they’re confident they can beat the Steelers, but because they have to talk themselves into thinking they can beat the Steelers.
“They talk a whole lot,” Hampton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They don’t like us. I think they don’t like us a lot more than we don’t like them. I think they have to talk themselves into it, kind of, know what I mean? Since I’ve been here, we’ve beat them a lot more than they beat us. They have to talk about it a whole lot.”
The Steelers had come-from-behind wins over the Ravens late in the 2010 regular season and again in the playoffs, and Hampton said those games gave the Steelers more confidence about the way they match up with the Ravens.
“It seems like they always have us beat and we always end up beating them, and they always feel like they should have won.” Hampton said. “That’s what makes it so sweeter. At the end of the day, if you win you win, no matter how you get it done. We have two physical teams that kind of play similar styles. We just seem to come out on the winning end more.”