Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over like it was his job, the Steelers defense looked old, especially James Farrior and James Harrison and the Baltimore Ravens ran over Pittsburgh in the season opener 35-7. Troy Polamalu made no big plays after signing a really big contract that will keep him a Steeler the rest of his career and young receivers like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown seemed overwhelmed by the stakes of the game and the intensity of the Ravens defense. We will be talking about the loss starting live at 9am Monday morning, Guy Junker at 10, Ken Laird at 10:30, Dejan Kovacevic at 11:30, John Stiegerwald at noon and John Fedko at 1pm.
Mark Kaboly has more from Baltimore:
BALTIMORE — The Steelers suffered their worst opening-day loss in 14 years and first since 2002 by dropping a convincing 35-7 decision to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium today.
It was the worst loss for the Steelers since losing to Dallas on Aug. 31, 1997 (37-7) — a span of 208 games including the playoffs — and the third worst in Steelers history on opening day since the merger.
It was Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's first-ever opening-game defeat during his five-year tenure.
Ray Rice rushed for 107 yards becoming the first running back in 50 games to gain 100 yards on the Steelers and totaled 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Rice was the last to gain more than 100 against the Steelers back on Dec. 27, 2009, when he gained 140 yards on 30 carries.
Joe Flacco threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns while Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted three times and fumbled once.
The Steelers turned the ball over seven times — three in the red zone