Boy, I didn't see that one coming.
The Baltimore Ravens clearly treated Sunday's game against the Steelers as their season. And they probably should have.
While it may be a little short-sighted considering it's a 16-game season, the Ravens treated Sunday's game as their Super Bowl.
They knew if they lost, they'd be chasing the Steelers all season and would need to win in Pittsburgh to even things out - much like what happened to Pittsburgh in 2010.
Baltimore outplayed the Steelers in every facet because their stars showed up.
Yes, Baltimore has 20 new players. But they still have their stars.
Ray Rice was a one-man wrecking crew for the offense, gaining over 150 total yards.
Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs all made plays on defense.
Pittsburgh's stars were invisible.
Football is still a team game, but stars still rule the day.
© If you needed any clue to how important this game was to Baltimore, you only had to see coach John Harbaugh running around on the sidelines like a maniac throughout the game.
Harbaugh knew his team hadn't beaten the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger at QB in seven tries.
To be considered a championship contender, they had to show they could beat Roethlisberger.
© It was a humbled locker room after that game. The Steelers were beaten physically and mentally by the Ravens.
But, it is still just one game. It will be interesting to see how this team bounces back next week at home against Seattle, a team they should trounce.
More importantly, it will be interesting to see how this team works this week in preparation.
Mike Tomlin took it easy on the team throughout training camp and it showed Sunday.
I don't expect Tomlin to suddenly start brow-beating or physically beating up a veteran squad, but it was obvious the team wasn't ready to play from the start - beginning with Rice's long run on the first play of the game.
© The Steelers first two turnovers, a pair of fumbles, were caused by miscommunications on the offensive line.
On the first, they allowed Suggs to come up the middle untouched and hit Roethlisberger, forcing a fumble. On the second, it was Ngata being passed off untouched.
Even if it wasn't my job to block either of those two guys, I'd have my eye on where they are. They are both too good and too important to what Baltimore does up front to just ignore.
It appeared that Doug Legursky and Maurkice Pouncey were at fault both times. Those two didn't get a lot of snaps together in the preseason.
© Antonio Brown was targeted nine times, which resulted in two completions. He and Roethlisberger seemed to be off throughout the game.
© For many teams, having more turnovers than Super Bowl wins wouldn't be a big deal. For the Steelers, that's saying something.