Tonight on CBS / NFLN:
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) @
Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
One of the better known rivalries in the NFL continues tonight, as the Steelers head to Baltimore in hopes of increasing their win total (and Baltimore's loss total) to two. Pittsburgh leads the series between these two teams, with a 20-16 record over the Ravens. Mike Tomlin has a 9-7 record against the Ravens, with John Harbaugh going 6-8 against the Steelers coach thus far.
Pittsburgh has won two of the last three matches against Baltimore, though they lost to the Ravens 20-22 when the two teams last met in November 2013, in Baltimore. In that game, Torrey Smith had 6 catches for 93 yards, and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted all 5 field goal attempts. Hopefully this game will be more exciting than the 2014 season opener last Thursday.
Before and during the game, we can expect plenty of talk about the current NFL scandal swirling around commissioner Roger Goodell, his handling of the case against ex-Raven Ray Rice, and the crawfishing and cover-up Goodell and the NFL executives have been employing over the past couple of days. CBS has even cancelled the pre-game performance of Rihanna, a known survivor of domestic abuse, in order to start with a report from Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday. NFL fans will likely see plenty of scripted softballs lobbed by any interviewer with whom the Ginger Grinch agreed to have a public chat; and there's no way to know how much input the league has had in what will be in the final release. In the end, it will likely be a fluff piece which helps the NFL while trying to come across as hard on everything the league can handle without much damage.
It will also serve to bore and frustrate fans towards agreeing with the NFL plants (and others) which are already peppering the internet with comments of "can't we just get back to football!?!" But there's always a chance the league could still trip over themselves without realizing it. And when we're past the talking heads supporting their cash cow, hopefully we'll be treated to some competitive football!
Thursday, September 11th @ 8:25pm EST / 7:25pm CST
M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
79°F/70°F and Cloudy with chance of Thunderstorm
TV Broadcast (LIVE):
National Broadcast on CBS, NFL Network
** Commentators: Jim Nantz, PhilSimms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)
Sunday Ticket DIRECTV:
It's not Sunday
SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (PIT), 93 (BAL)
XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (BAL), 226 (PIT)
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**Westwood One Commentators: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter)
Ravens are favored by 2.5
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