The rivalry between the Steelers and Ravens is so intense that it makes enemies out of former teammates.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Steelers safety Mike Mitchell were teammates on the Panthers in 2013. They went their separate ways in 2014 when Smith signed with the Ravens and Mitchell signed with the Steelers.
Mitchell had an exchange with the Ravens sideline in the final minute of Sunday’s game after Chris Boswell’s hilarious attempt at an onside kick, and the war of words was on.
“He ain’t on my level; he will never be,” Smith told the Beaver County Times after Sunday’s 21-14 win over the Steelers at Baltimore. “He is not even on the same level as my kids.”
At 37, Smith is almost old enough to have children old enough to provide the Steelers (4-4) with safety help now. But Chris Bradford points out in his article that Smith’s children are “young.”
Mitchell took a bad angle on Mike Wallace’s 95-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It gave the Ravens (4-4) a 7-0 lead and was their only offensive touchdown of the game.
The Steelers and Ravens meet again at Pittsburgh on Dec. 25. It’s safe to assume that Mitchell and Smith won’t go caroling together.