The NFL and NBC had to be hoping that scheduling the Steelers and Ravens on a Sunday night in December would produce a game with AFC North title implications. They haven’t quite got that this week, but this game has plenty to draw the eyes of fans.
It’s one thing to dominate a team on your home field, as the Packers had done to the Lions at Lambeau up until the last couple years; or to just own a bad team overall, as the Patriots continue to do to the Bills. But what the Steelers have done to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium is getting ridiculous.
One of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries will be renewed on Sunday afternoon with the Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) visiting Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2). “Dislike” may not be a strong enough word when describing the level of animosity that these teams have for one another.
When Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti spoke to reporters shortly after a disappointing 2016 season ended, he backed longtime general manager Ozzie Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and franchise quarterback Joe Flacco.
Despite the NFL’s undisputed status as the most dominant professional sports league, it needs some improvement. A few lingering issues still require some resolution. In particular, scheduling, both during the regular season and postseason should be changed. I offer five proposals for changes and explanations for why they are essential.