(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to throw out their records when they renew their AFC North rivalry this Sunday at Heinz Field.
Hey, when you are 1-4 like the Steelers, what other choice do you have?
Pittsburgh dropped its first four games to the season for the first time since 1968, but the bye week seemed to get the club on track as it picked up a 19-6 road victory last Sunday over the New York Jets with a brand of football that closer resembled Steelers football.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham made four field goals and the Steelers defense racked up three sacks along with a pair of red-zone interceptions.
Pittsburgh held the ball for nearly 36 minutes in the game.
"It's a significant win for us to get that started for 2013," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. "I told the guys in the locker room there was nothing mystical about it. We maintained possession of the football and we got the football. In particular we got the football in the red area and that took points off the board."
The Steelers are now trying to join the 1992 San Diego Chargers as the only teams to begin a season 0-4 and still make the playoffs. They enter this week last in the division, behind 3-3 Baltimore and Cleveland and front-running Cincinnati, which is 4-2.
Sunday marks just the second divisional game of the season for Pittsburgh.
"We're not worried about contention," noted Roethlisberger. "We're just trying to win one game and that's this week -- that's our focus. It's an AFC North opponent, which adds a little extra. It being the Ravens, the rivalry and the Super Bowl champs -- it adds even more."
The Ravens find themselves in a better position than the Steelers ahead of what also will be their second game against an AFC North opponent. They are sandwiching two road games against Pittsburgh and Cleveland around next week's bye.
Baltimore is coming off a 19-17 loss to Green Bay, their second setback in three weeks. The Ravens were limited to 122 total yards and four first downs in the first half and trailed 6-0.
"We just couldn't get anything going, and you can't expect to play that badly for that long and win a game," said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who still ended up throwing for 342 yards with a pair of TD passes.
Flacco's second scoring strike, an 18-yarder to tight end Dallas Clark, pulled the Ravens within two, but they didn't get the ball again and lost for just the fourth time in their past 30 home games.
Baltimore's defense managed three sacks and forced two turnovers while holding Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just one touchdown throw, but the offense never got going.
The Ravens only ran for 47 yards and failed to score on four straight runs in the second quarter on first-and-goal from the 4-yard line.
"That team, Green Bay, played a good game, and the defense played a heck of a game for us," said Baltimore running back Ray Rice, held to 34 yards rushing. "We would have loved to have helped those guys out, but things didn't go our way.
"As crazy as it sounds, we still have a shot at our division. We've got to go to Pittsburgh next week, and that's the most important thing right now."
This series has been tight since John Harbaugh became head coach of the Ravens in 2008. The teams have split 10 meetings since in the regular season, with eight of those contests decided by three points.