The Steelers hope to start the season with consecutive wins as they renew their rivalry with the Ravens at M&T Stadium.
Pittsburgh and Baltimore haven’t made any attempt to hide their dislike for each other over the years.
“Pure hatred, that’s the way you go out there,” Porter said. “All shots are dirty so you don’t have to feel bad because they’re going to be trying to get you if they have opportunities. … I’ll play my best and you play your best. I know you don’t like me and I don’t like you.”
The Steelers beat the Ravens 35-15 at Heinz Field last season before losing the rematch in Baltimore 13-10 in overtime last December.
“Whatever was stirred up was stirred up. I come to play football and football is all I do, period,” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said of the rivalry.
Since the M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998, Pittsburgh is 5-1 at the site. Last year’s overtime game was the Steelers’ only loss.
After losing all four games decided by six or fewer points last season, the Steelers were encouraged by their ability to come back and win. What discouraged them is they couldn’t finish off the Raiders.
“It seems like last year this was the kind of game we were losing,” defensive end Aaron Smith said Monday. “To have a game like this and come out with a victory shows that, this year, we’ve got a little different approach.”
Pittsburgh sacked Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon four times and caused him to fumble and throw two interceptions.
The Steelers will try to create similar pressure on Baltimore’s Kyle Boller, a quarterback they view as more of a caretaker of the Ravens offense than the leader of it. Boller made his first NFL start against the Steelers last season, throwing for only 152 yards on 43 attempts in that 34-15 loss.
“Last year, he was just kind of just managing the team,” cornerback Chad Scott said. “Baltimore likes to win games on defense and hand the ball off to Jamal Lewis, and I don’t anticipate them doing anything different. They’re going to run and run with Jamal Lewis and then throw the play action pass.”
The Ravens ground game was bottled up against Cleveland last week. Jamal Lewis was held to just 57 yards on 20 carries after running for over 500 yards against the Browns last season. Lewis led the NFL with 2,066 yards in 2003.
Boller couldn’t get the Ravens offense going. The second year quarterback went 22-for-38 for 191 yards and tossed two interceptions. He completed 51.2 percent (22-for-43) for 152 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Pittsburgh last season. The 23-year-old quarterback has thrown seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career.
Blog Coverage from SB Nation
Micah Hatchie T, Eli Rogers WR, Rob Blanchflower TE, Clifton Geathers DE, Shaun Suisham K, Bruce Gradkowski QB, David Nelson WR, Senquez Golson CB, Mitchell Van Dyk T, Maurkice Pouncey C, Kelvin Palmer T, Kelvin Beachum T, Cortez Allen CB, Le'Veon Bell RB, Terence Garvin LB, James Harrison LB, Shamarko Thomas S, Brandon Boykin CB, Ryan Shazier LB, Matt Spaeth TE
Julian Wilson CB, Cam Worthy WR, Matt Elam S, Allen Reisner TE, Zach Thompson LB, Micajah Reynolds DT, Terrell Suggs LB, Michael Campanaro WR, Will Davis CB, Lorenzo Taliaferro RB, Darren Waller WR, Steve Smith Sr. WR, Breshad Perriman WR, Jeremy Zuttah G, Justin Forsett RB, Joe Flacco QB, Nick Boyle TE, Shareece Wright CB, Marlon Brown WR, Eugene Monroe T, Kelechi Osemele G, Chase Ford TE
- NFL Live Blog: Follow Week 12 action with the Shutdown Corner team
- Heroics and heartbreak: Stanford delivers in clutch to dash Notre Dame's playoff hopes
- Tom Brady wrangles Broncos in new Facebook pic
- Reports: Rutgers fires coach Kyle Flood, AD Julie Hermann
- LSU beats Texas A&M; LSU AD says Les Miles will continue to be coach
- Why this win over Michigan meant so much to Ohio State's Urban Meyer
- Patrick Kane sets NHL record with points in 19 straight games
- Georgia fires coach Mark Richt after 15 seasons
- Report: $110 million deal pending between Jordan Zimmermann, Tigers
- Winners and Losers: There are six teams left vying for four CFP spots
- Stanford shocks Notre Dame on last-second field goal
- Report: Iowa State hires Toledo's Matt Campbell
- Oklahoma claims Big 12 title and probable CFP spot with win against Oklahoma State
- Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko's 11-year unbeaten streak, celebrates by singing Aerosmith