Where Does Steelers/Ravens Rank Among Best Sunday Night Football Games in 2012? Fan's Opinion

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Last season the Baltimore Ravens finally slayed the dragon that was the Pittsburgh Steelers. In their first meeting the Ravens blasted the Steelers. Pittsburgh looked for revenge in their second meeting but Joe Flacco drove Baltimore down the field for a last-minute victory. The Steelers will look for revenge in the 2012 regular season and one of their two meetings will take place on Sunday Night Football. Where does the NFL's best rivalry rank as far as best Sunday Night Football games of 2012?

10. Week 2, September 16th

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

If Detroit can take a step forward this season the Lions could be more than a one-and-done team in the playoffs. This game will be a typical offense versus defense game but the Lions aren't quite there yet.

9. Week 13, December 2nd

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

I don't expect Dallas to be a contender but it's always fun to see the Cowboys implode in prime time, especially against one of their division rivals.

8. Week 4, September 30th

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles went on a surge late in the 2011 regular season and almost stole the division away from the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. If the Eagles can continue their momentum from the end of 2011 then the Eagles could give the Super Bowl Champs a run for their money.

7. Week 1, September 9th

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

It's no surprise that Peyton Manning is going to make his debut with the Broncos in prime time. To make the game even juicier the schedule-makers decided to make Manning's debut a rematch between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim Tebow isn't there anymore but I'm sure the Steelers would still like to exact some revenge for last season's playoff loss.

6. Week 6, October 14th

Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

This game is proof that the Sunday Night game is now weekly a better game than the Monday Night Football game. Two Super Bowl contenders like the Packers and Texans would probably be one of the top two games on Monday Night Football's slate but on the Sunday Night schedule it doesn't crack the top five.

5. Week 3, September 16


New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

The fans of the Baltimore Ravens probably feel like they should have been playing in the Super Bowl last year but one bad field goal kick sent the Patriots instead. The Ravens will get to take out their frustration on the Patriots early in the season and could make themselves the favorite in the AFC.

4. Week 11, November 18th

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

The loud mouths that make up the Baltimore Ravens will be happy to point out that the Ravens went 2-0 versus the Steelers last season and might even think they've overcome that hurdle. Unfortunately that one season doesn't make up for the several seasons that the Steelers owned them. The Steelers might only have one more good shot at the Super Bowl before their salary cap problems cripple the team so they'll give the Ravens their best shot.

3. Week 12, November 25th

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

The Giants love knocking off the team with the best record during the regular season in the playoffs. During their last two Super Bowl seasons New York has been beatable during the regular season though. The Packers might be able to get a decent amount of revenge on this Sunday Night Football game but the Giants will always have last year's playoff win over them.

2. Week 15, December 16th

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

Everyone should feel bad for Kyle Williams. His fumbles during last year's NFC Championship helped the Giants advance to the Super Bowl. Williams has to spend a lot of time wondering what would have happened if he could just hold on to the ball. Well, welcome to bizarro world where the 49ers win the NFC Championship. Here's your chance to win the alternate reality Super Bowl.

1. Week 10, November 11th

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears

Since we're already talking about alternate realities here is another one for you. In this alternate reality I concoct a potion that makes it impossible for a person to get injured. That person does not have any special strength or other abilities and they can even feel scrapes, bruises and that sort of thing. They just can't get major injuries. This potion somehow gets in the hands of Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. The Texans are now easily the best team in the AFC and the Bears--while they clearly aren't the best team--are right in the mix with the Giants and 49ers. Obviously none of those things happened but if the Texas and Bears are healthy enough that they don't need an imaginary invincibility potion then either team could be in the Super Bowl. In fact, this is my first prediction of the 2012 NFL season. Regardless of who wins this game these teams will meet again in Super Bowl XLVII.

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The last several generations of Lee Andrew Henderson's family were Pittsburgh born and even though he was born in Alabama he has been a long time fan of the Pirates, Steelers and Panthers. Lee Andrew Henderson can be found on Twitter at @LeeAHenderson

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