BALTIMORE – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had a message for Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin following Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Smith said he was motivated Sunday morning, listening to Irvin, now an NFL Network analyst, saying the Ravens had no chance to win.
“This is not even to sound brash, but we believed the whole time that we were going to beat them,” said Smith. “It’s Pittsburgh. So records, scoring, doesn’t matter how good they were playing coming in. Nothing matters when you play Pittsburgh. Obviously on paper it didn’t look like we were going to win today. I watched analysts all morning talk bad about us. Michael Irvin especially talking that we’re not going to come within 15 points of them. There you go, Michael Irvin.”
Smith did his part with an interception, and had a pick-six nullified by a penalty during the Ravens’ 20-17 upset victory. Coming into the game, the Ravens only had four interceptions all season. But the Ravens pressured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and contained Pittsburgh’s potent attack.
“To get a turnover, period, is a great thing,” Smith said. “To get a turnover in a rivalry game when things are not going the way we want to is even better.”
The Ravens had been blown out by the Seahawks and Chiefs respectively in Weeks 14 and 15, giving more fuel to those wanting to disrespect them. However, defensive tackle Brandon Williams said the Ravens (5-10) have gotten used to being written off, which made winning Sunday even sweeter.
“Whatever anybody else says, that’s on them,” Williams said. “We know what we can do.”
Perhaps Smith will tune into Irvin again next Sunday, hoping he says the Ravens have no chance to beat the Bengals.