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Even Ryan Clark Can’t Pick the Steelers to Beat the Ravens



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Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark at training camp, Aug. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The entire cast of Get Up on ESPN picked the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, including former Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark.

Clark, who was berated earlier on the show by former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, couldn’t bring himself to pick the Steelers because of his lack of faith in the team’s offense.

“This feels like an (0-4) team because when you look at them winning against the Cleveland Browns, you had to get two defensive scores to even be in that game,” Clark said. “You can’t produce that every week. If you’re hanging your hat on defnse, you go back to last week against the Houston Texans, where C.J. Stroud basically did every Oak Town,  p over 300 yards. … We couldn’t stop the kid from Cali. Now you’re going against Lamar Jackson? Lamar Jackson, whose accuracy was off the charts in Cleveland against one of the best defenses in the entire league, and you have a quarterback who is not only injured, not only banged up, but when he has been 100%, he’s nothing to write home about?

“When Mike Tomlin said there would be changes, I thought there would be changes we could see. I will hold my breath, I will hold my water, and hope that when they walk into the stadium it’s different. But I don’t know how different it can be. There’s no other play caller on that team. There’s no other play-caller on that staff. And so we’ll probably see the same thing.”

Mike Greenberg, Mike Tannenbaum and Scott also picked the Ravens to beat the Steelers — unsurprising in the latter two cases. 

Scott said he relishes the idea of this version of the rivalry being played with the franchise quarterback wearing purple and black, unlike when he played against Ben Roethlisberger.

“It’s no fun when the rabbit has a gun and your QB stinks and ours is an MVP,” Scott said. “Now you see what it feels like to be on the other side trying to stop a Hall of Famer when you got a guy over there with a peashooter with Jr. Whopper hands.”

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