Wednesday with Ben: Dec. 10

Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. Here's what he had to say:

Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. Here's what he had to say:

Can you talk about the challenge Sunday?

It's huge. This is probably the biggest game of the year for us against one of the best teams that we've played. It's going to be a big challenge for us, for me and this offense.

Going against your defense every day, does it help you prepare for them?

Always because our defense is the best in football. They do a lot of the same things, with guys moving around and blitzing from different areas. It will help a little bit.

Is one of those guys Ed Reed and is that why he gets as many picks as he does or is he just instinctive once the ball gets in the air?

Yes.

You mean they do move him around a lot?

They do and he's one of the most instinctive players I've ever seen in football. He'll bait quarterbacks into making throws. He'll find a way to get to the ball and pick it off. He's a phenomenal football player. I have a lot of respect for him.

You guys haven't won down there in a while, is that something you think about?

This is a huge game for us. We're going into a hostile environment. We know that. It's going to be loud and it's going to be crazy. They feed off their energy, just like we do here. This is a big one for us and we really have to come out and play our best football.

Do you expect a typical Steelers-Ravens football game? Willie Colon used the word bloodbath.

It might be. I don't expect it to be lopsided. Who knows what the score might be? I think it's going to be hard-fought. I think a lot of guys are going to be limping out of there on both sides. I'm just hoping we're up on the scoreboard when we're limping out.

Can it be even more intense considering what's at stake?

We're not really thinking about that right now. We're just thinking about winning this football game, however we have to do it. All the things that come along with the win, doesn't matter to us. It's all about winning this football game.

With them scoring six (defensive) touchdowns, do you have to play careful?

You've got to be smart but you can't pull back the reigns too much because then you're changing who you are. We'll count on our defense to play great like they always do and we'll try to put some points on the board.

What are some of your memories from playing there?

I know I've only played there like a game and a half. I came in in relief for Tommy (Maddox) and then started there two years later. I just know that it's loud. It's always tough to play them there, especially with the Field Turf, they seem to be a lot faster there at home. It's going to be a big challenge for us.

Do you remember that start?

I remember getting hit by Bart Scott. I remember that hit.

Is there a mutual respect?

For me it's a matter of respect. I talk to Ray (Lewis) every once in a while. I just think they're a phenomenal team, phenomenal football players. I don't really hate too many people. I have a lot of respect for them and what they do as a defense.

How does that get maintained when they're standing over one of your injured players or talking about bounties?

It's the heat of battle and everybody does it. As soon as the game is over, you see all of the stuff about Ray, but as soon as the game was over, we were exchanging text messages talking about a good game and we'll see you soon. Between the lines, anything can happen. Outside, people are still people and they're good people.

Even though they're tough to run against, you're still going to try.

Absolutely. We can't abandon anything we do. We'll have to try the no-huddle, throwing the ball, running the ball. We have to be who we are, we just have to be really good, though.

The no-huddle worked against them the last time. Is that something you can do right from the get-go?

It's kind of early to tell what we're going to do, but we're definitely going to have to bring it out. It's a good change of pace for us. It's something we'll have to utilize if we can.

It's more difficult on the road though, right?

Absolutely. We've done a good job, though. The big communication is from me to the line. We get that down, we'll be all right.


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