In case you’ve been under a rock, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has an MCL sprain and will miss the next several weeks. That’s bad news for the Steelers who face the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, with a chance to go up 3-1 while sending the Ravens to 0-4.
The Steelers are 9-7 without Roethlisberger since Ben took over for Tommy Maddox in 2004. Ironically, Ben has missed 6 games against the Ravens and the Steelers are 2-4 in those contests, which leads logically to the next question:
- What is Michael Vick‘s record as a starter vs the Ravens?
Michael Vick has lined up against the Ravens 3 times since coming into the NFL in 2001. Vickâs record against Baltimore is 2-1. His first game came in 2002, when the Ravens traveled to the Georgia Dome. Vick started the game, and the Falcons won 20-17 and Vick was 12-24-139. (Jeff Blake was Vick’s opposite in that game.)
Vick’s next matchup vs. the Ravens came in November 2006 and it was another economical day of passing for Vick, as Vick threw for only 127 yards as on 11 completions of 21 yards. The game was played in Baltimore, and the Steve McNair led Ravens won 24-10.
It would be six more years until Vick would play the Ravens again, and his next match up would come in Philadelphia in 2012, where Vick would defeat Joe Flacco and the eventual Super Bowl champions. It was a hard fought game in which the lead either changed hands or tied 4 times and wasnât decided until Vick himself scrambled for the game-winning touchdown just after the two minute warning.
It was also by far the most prolific passing game of Vick’s 3 starts against the Ravens as he 32 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown. He also threw 2 interceptions.
- So Michael Vick’s record as a starter vs the Ravens is 2-0 in Atlanta and Philly, and 0-1 in Baltimore although admittedly that’s not a very deep data pool to draw conclusions from.
The last time the Steelers faced the Ravens without Ben Roethlisberger was in 2012 when Big Ben was out for both games. Byron Leftwich started the Steelers home game vs. the Ravens in which Pittsburgh lost 13-10 in what would turn out to be Leftwich’s final NFL game.
Two weeks later, Charlie Batch got the nod in what would turn out to be his final game as well, as Batch engineered a dramatic 4th quarter comeback in Baltimore that the Steelers won 23-20.