The Steelers hit the road this week for their third straight AFC North game, this time facing the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens beat the Steelers Week 4 of the season, 26-14, and Baltimore knows it’s going to be a tough battle this week.
“They’ve won three in a row,” said Ravens Coach John Harbaugh. “They’re playing really well. They’re not giving up the big plays like they did a little more earlier in the year. They’ve tightened up that part of it. They’ve talked about that. I’ve seen that.
“To me, they’re playing Steeler football in that sense. They’re playing hard defensively. They’ve made big plays on offense. They’re running the ball very well. That’s probably the biggest thing that sticks out. They have James Conner really rolling. The offensive line is healthy with (David) DeCastro back there.
“They’re the same team that we’ve seen over the years. They’re playing very well, and that’s where they’re at.”
The Ravens had plenty more to say about the Steelers, including more on Conner.
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Harbaugh on Conner:
“He’s getting better, and they’re emphasizing the run game, which is something that they always want to do.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco on if the Steelers look different now than in the first game they played this season:
“I think these guys are really playing well. They’re playing fast. I think when you turn on the tape, you see a lot of speed, you see them pushing the pocket a little bit, getting after the quarterback, doing some more things to let those guys really go and play fast and aggressive.
“I think they’ve looked good in the short time since we’ve played them. They’re a good football team for a reason. If there are little things here and there that they need to get better at, they do a good job cleaning things up and getting after it.”
Linebacker Terrell Suggs on Ben Roethlisberger’s broken finger:
“I hope he gets it better. Get that looked at – help him with his workmen’s comp at the end when he’s done.”
Suggs on trading jerseys with Ben Roethlisberger after the game earlier this season:
“He asked last year in the second game, in the first or second quarter. He said Suggs I want that jersey. We planned last year. He reminded me this year. No big deal. Just opponents showing respect.”
Wide receiver John Brown on playing the Steelers:
“I know it’s going to be a tough one. I know they are going to be ready.”
Eric Weddle on playing the Steelers:
“It’s going to be a tough matchup. They’re playing well offensively and present some challenges. We know them, they know us.”
Suggs on James Conner:
“He has been running the ball pretty well. They have been doing great as a team. It’s something we have to take a look at.”
Weddle on Conner:
“Conner is doing an unbelievable job. The guy had 220 plus yards last week. They’re playing outstanding on offense.”