Will Ravens' Cut Blocks Make Steeler Game Even Uglier
In the first game between the Ravens and the Steelers, not only did the Ravens embarrass the Steelers, they also used cut blocks by guard Marshal Yanda against Casey Hampton to create some big running lanes for Ray Rice. The Steelers didn't like it. Most linemen in the NFL don't cut block adjacent offensive linemen on stretch plays, but those that do really help their team run the ball. When Yanda put Hampton on the ground, the cut back lanes for Rice were there. Rice ran for over 100 yards which allowed Joe Flacco to play one of the best games he has ever played using play action passes. While there is nothing illegal about cutting defensive linemen, there is also nothing that makes a team crazier than that practice.
The question now becomes, how will the Steelers respond? Will the Steelers' offensive line start cutting? Will they take some cheap shots at Marshal Yanda (who is the Ravens best offensive lineman and probably deserves Pro Bowl votes)? Will the Steelers simply try to win the game and not worry about what Yanda does to Hampton? I'm not sure, but I promise we will be watching on Sunday Night.