McKinnie actually was still on Baltimore’s roster on October 20th when the Ravens lost at Pittsburgh, 19-16, but he was traded to Miami the next day and started at left tackle the following Sunday for the Dolphins at the New England Patriots. Ellerbe led the Ravens in tackles during last year’s Super Bowl and signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in March, so both know full well what to expect at Heinz Field.
“It’s exciting and the crowd is really going to be into it,” said McKinnie, who is in his 13th NFL season. “They’re going to get into it when they play that “Renegade” song by Styx. They’re going to come out fired up. It’s a home game for them. They tend to play well at home and we’ve just got to go up there and just put together one of our best games of the season.”
Ellerbe spend his first four seasons in Baltimore so he got to face the Steelers eight times in the regular season and once in the playoffs back in 2010, coming out on the losing end of a 31-24 score. So he knows how tough it is to win in Pittsburgh, but he’s not treating this game like any sort of revenge moment or extension of the rivalry.
“They were the enemy but it never really was anything personal to me,” Ellerbe said. “This was a game that you had to get up for, but I wasn’t from Baltimore so it really wasn’t a big rivalry for me. It was just a game I knew we had to win.”
With both teams competing against the Ravens for that sixth and final AFC playoff spot, the intensity will be there regardless.
THIS AND THAT
TUESDAY’S OUTDOOR CONCERT
The late Michael Jackson kicked things off with “Bad,” over the outside speakers as Head Coach Joe Philbin chose to forego the practice bubble thanks to the cooler fall temperatures. “O.G. Bobby,” by Que, followed that song and Future wrapped it up with “Honest.”
THE LAST WORD
“If we can get a 50-yad pass play to