Opponents view: Ravens talks AB and more


The Steelers and Ravens meet up on Thursday night in a nationally televised game of one of the NFL's fieriest rivalries.

So what do the Ravens have to say about the Steelers?

Here it is.


Coach John Harbaugh on the Steelers offensive threats: **"Antonio Brown is a guy I've known for a long time. He's a guy we have to keep our eye on. Antonio is just beginning his trek, in a way. He's been in the league for five or six years now. He's one of the very best, if not the best in the game. I just think he's a great player. He's a guy we have to account for. He [and] Le'Veon Bell, obviously, are their two premier guys, but even the other guys [are very good]. Markus Wheaton does a great job in the slot. [Darrius] Heyward-Bey is doing a really good job with the outside stretching the field; he's a heck of a blocker. [They have a] pretty good backup running back, if you want to call him that. He [DeAngelo Williams] has had a great career, so they've fortified themselves there. Tight end [Heath Miller] – he has been there forever. I'm so impressed with him. I was going to say I'm so looking forward to when he retires. I guess that's a compliment, right? I am so looking forward to when he finally retires, but he has just been a great player for so many years. It gets to the point where you really respect a crew, and we're looking forward to the challenge."

LB Elvis Dumervil on the physical nature of the rivalry:
"I think this is the best rivalry in football, and it was one of the reasons I came here, as well. I think it was very exciting to be a part of it. I think the first year, I kind of realized how physical the game is, and I think [it is physical] in the whole division. I kind of altered my whole training to that. So, it is a physical game, and we'll be physical. It is a smart game, too, so we've got to make sure we know who we need to cover and who we need to rush at and just anything schematically."


The Steelers prepare for the week 4 contest against the Baltimore Ravens.

QB Joe Flacco on if playing at Heinz Field at night differs from day games there:**  
"Yes, night games definitely feel different there than day games do. But we haven't played very many day games there – maybe two or three of them – and this will be [my] eighth year [playing at Pittsburgh]. Early on, I liked it just because it was new to me, and I wasn't really sure about the game and everything and hadn't played, really, there before. But with the types of games we've played against these guys, [there are] a lot of memories. It's fun to go up there, it really is. I have a blast. If you're on this team, and you don't just jump at the opportunity to go play up there, then there's something wrong with you, because it really is a lot of fun. It's one of the best atmospheres there is."

CB Jimmy Smith on going against Antonio Brown:"Oh, Antonio Brown, he's a very, very tough competitor. They give him the ball all the time. You watch film and they wait until he gets open to throw him the ball. We're going to have our hands full chasing that jackrabbit around."

WR Steve Smith on the Steelers-Ravens rivalry:
"Oh man. It's a rivalry that's up there. It's just one of the best. Last year was my first year being a part of it, and we met in the playoffs. It's a playoff atmosphere. It's something that you really can't put into words. It gets my blood flowing, and goosebumps run down the back of my neck. It's just one of those games. It's what football is all about. I think the closest thing to it, living in Carolina for so long, and still living there, it's like an SEC college football game. The atmosphere is unbelievable."

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