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Rivalries add fun to football at any level

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Rivalries add fun to football at any level

When people first looked at the Ravens' 2012 schedule, it's probably a fair guess that the first games they circled were those with Pittsburgh. Every team in football has their big rival, and there's no question Pittsburgh wins that title with the Ravens.

Whenever the Ravens play the Steelers, the intensity gets ratcheted up a notch or two on the field and off. The fans pay more attention. The media does the same. Others throughout the league are watching just because it's the Ravens-Steelers. 

Why is this such a big rivalry? A big reason is both teams have been so good for so long. And they've played some real big games. That adds to the excitement and intensity.

But football has more of that than any other sports. In baseball, the Yankees-Red Sox series often brings plenty of intensity, even if Boston's struggling like it did this year. 

In pro basketball, you'll see the same thing from a Lakers-Celtics match-up. Two big teams usually have a big game, and that means something.

In football, though, it's different. Maybe because it's a different kind of sport, and one game can mean so much to a team. There are a number of good NFL rivalries that have developed over the years. The Patriots and Colts have a nice rivalry; the question is if it can keep going with Peyton Manning not in Indianapolis any more. 

Plus, there's a week between games and so much attention gets paid to a big contest. It adds to build-up and intensity. 

The Ravens and Steelers are on national TV Sunday night in a game that basically means first place in the AFC North. There's been so much talk and analysis in the last seven days. The teams were even talking about it after last week's games. 

Now it's time to play. 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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