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On location: Steelers 19, Ravens 16

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (1-4) vs. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Site: Heinz Field

TV, radio: CBS (national), WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Steelers page. Alan Robinson, Mark Kaboly, Ralph Paulk and I are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Brandie says:

    Wow. Quiet today. Time to see what the Steelersvare made of. Is it grit, gristle, sinew and steel? Are the Steelers sofffff?

    Stay tuned.

  2. theplanisworking says:

    Big hangover from that exciting Pitt win last night, Brandie. ;)

    Steelers will get a good look at how they play today.
    Steelers-Ratbirds games are very physical.

  3. theplanisworking says:

    I see Dejanstillskin is awake from his 40 year nap.

    He snuck in a bold reaming yesterday.
    Now the duck is gone too.

    I hope he doesnt make any predictions for game.

  4. Rbilak says:

    - Key in Elvis and Suggs vs Gilbert and Beach. Ravens will be ready for short screens this week.

    – Jones on returns will be a key also. The Zoltan vs Koch is a mismatch is change of field positions.

    – Ravens/Steelers , just not what it once was.

    – Ravens pressure too much for Steelers to handle. Ravens 24-13.

  5. Bizrow says:

    If you haven’t logged your place of residence to sign into Dejan’s Lunatic Nation, please add a reply to this post.

    Am at work and don’t have the list here but its over 400 locations

    At least we are moving fuel now though…..

  6. Thundercrack says:

    What I saw yesterday (and I was only checked out the blog for a few minutes) looked like a bold response – not a bold reaming.

    And I should know. :-)

    DK: Most definitely not a reaming. I wasn’t awake long enough over the past six days to ream anything. :)

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Just a joke, fellas.
    Anytime DK posts, we call it a reaming, because its bold . ;)
    No harm meant.

  8. kr70 says:

    Mrs. Dejan :(

  9. That’s because it usually is a reaming.


  10. Brandie says:


    I hope this post finds you relaxed, refreshed, recharged, renewed and ready to take on anything.

    DK: Probably one re- too many, Brandie, but thanks. Really, all I did was sleep.

  11. Arriba Wilver says:

    What do you mean “we” Kemosabee?

  12. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, forgot for a moment I was as big as 3 people.
    Or, my multiple personalities…….

  13. Brandie says:

    Or multiple nicknames. :-)

  14. pattonbb says:

    Geno Smith is much better in the NFL than I thought he’d be.

  15. theplanisworking says:

    THAT’S IT!!!!

  16. Arriba Wilver says:


  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    You had to go there, didn’t you, kr. :)

  18. Brandie says:

    Just like middle school.

  19. likeabugonarug says:

    “THAT’S IT!!!!” Hippo says in his best Charlie Brown imitation.

  20. Brandie says:

    Glad to have you back.

  21. Brandie says:

    Where is Ghost and his avatar when you need him?

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    …fear the Mountaineer.

    Excellent call, patton.

  23. Adam Perry says:

    Recap of Ray Lewis’ disingenuous recap of his time in the Steelers/Ravens rivalry this morning on ESPN:

  24. 21sthebest says:


  25. theplanisworking says:

    +1 from me, not we. ;)

  26. theplanisworking says:

    Happy Information Overload Day!!!

    7-0 good guys.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    I have given up trying to figure out the National Football League.

  28. Eric Bowser says:

    That was Haley’s most innovative play-calling drive ever…

    DK: A category for which there is no silver medal.

  29. Dave G says:

    This game is apparently not a national game. It is a regional game.

    They are showing the Browns-Packers game here in Cincinnati.

  30. JohninOshkosh says:

    Packers playing in their throwback BLUE and gold jerseys. They play in GREEN Bay and someone once had the brilliant idea to have the players wear blue.

    Figure that one out.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    I believe the Eagles were originally Light Blue and Yellow.
    Maybe they were easier colors to make way back when?

  32. Arriba Wilver says:

    Moye made a great catch.

  33. Barb says:

    Where do they find these announcers? UGGGH

  34. JohninOshkosh says:

    Maybe. Did not know that about the Eagles.

  35. theplanisworking says:

    I heard Dejan recommends them………… ;)

  36. Barb says:

    You believe everything Dejan tells you?

  37. Barb says:


  38. Arriba Wilver says:

    Is the line getting better or are the RB’s? Prolly both.

  39. pattonbb says:

    Am I still allowed to complain about Haley’s play-calling? Because it still sucks, no matter how many yards Bell has.

  40. Steelag70 says:

    Good job by the D to keep the ratbirds out of the endzone…

  41. Barb says:

    Well nothing like wasting a timeout Flacco.

  42. JohninOshkosh says:

    Anybody ? Testing.

  43. Barb says:

    I thought it was just me John. I am here. I like the score a whole lot. Cowher should be ecstatic with all the FGs.

  44. Brandie says:

    Wisconsin’s Finest!!!!! It is very, very quiet today!

  45. Steelag70 says:

    Typical Steelers-ratbirds matchup….good guys playing well today…matching score for score and the D stepping up in the red zone….

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m following it on radio. But I’m working around the house. Otherwise, I might be napping like, apparently, most everyone else is. Not the most exciting game.

  47. Steelag70 says:

    Would be nice though to force a turnover right now…

  48. Barb says:

    Hi Senora how are things in Muppet Land?

  49. Steelag70 says:

    Come on D…making it look easy for the ratbirds….

  50. Brandie says:

    Calmer. Baby steps, just like our Steelers. Hope all is well, Bodacious One!

  51. Steelag70 says:

    UGGGHHHH…dink and dunking us to death….

  52. Steelag70 says:

    Great job defense…way to blow a lead…..

  53. Steelag70 says:

    Looks like the Steelers will still be playing for a high draft pick next year…

  54. Steelag70 says:

    Playmakers are still absent on this defense…

  55. Dodkong says:

    Pencil in a top 10 pick for the next 2-3 years

  56. Steelag70 says:


  57. Brandie says:


  58. Barb says:

    It is. Let’s put the Ratbirds in their place. Typical Balt-Pgh game though.

  59. Steelag70 says:

    Good guys win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Eric Bowser says:

    MVP… MVP…

    Suisham is money

  61. theplanisworking says:

    As Jandy would say…………..

    Woop, Woop!

  62. Steelag70 says:

    Apparently the key to the Steelers winning is scoring exactly 19 pts…who knew??!!

  63. Barb says:

    So glad we are on the right side of the scoreboard.

  64. Steelag70 says:

    My hats off to the O-Line today…..

  65. Brandie says:

    An actual O Line.

  66. Eric Bowser says:

    Run blocking was better, still having issues with pass blocking.

  67. Brandie says:

    Just can’t get rid of Mike Adams though!

  68. Steelag70 says:

    Just taking each week in stride with this group….two weeks these particular five have started, and two wins….I like Adams being used as the extra TE…he may not be able to pass block, but he can certainly run block…

  69. Brandie says:

    It’s Wednesday somewhere!

  70. Steelag70 says:

    He actually did a decent job as the extra TE today…he has always been better as a run blocker…

  71. Brandie says:

    Trying to use him as anything else is like trying to use Todd Haley as a head coach…just doesn’t work!!!

  72. florida steeler says:

    The two biggest mouths on defense (Ike and Clark) had horrible games. Willy Gay played very well.

  73. Pucknutz says:

    Wow…. only 73 comments on the blog for a Steeler Game !
    How the mighty have fallen….
    Buccos and Pens are kicken a$$ here!!! lol
    Steelers proly still win the rateings game.
    Strange Days……

    DK: Yeah, the Steelers probably still win the ratings game. By only about 4-to-1 or 3-to-1 at worst.

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