The Ravens lost, 28-24, to the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 1, and the teams will meet again Dec. 2 in a game that has been postponed three times. The matchup, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, moved to Nov. 29, then to Dec. 1 and finally to Dec. 2 due to the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak.
Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Matthew Judon, Patrick Ricard and Willie Snead IV are among the Ravens’ starters on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Other players on the list include Calais Campbell, Morgan Cox, J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Matt Skura.
Former Towson defensive back and current Steelers special teams ace Jordan Dangerfield said his team expects a tough matchup against the Ravens despite the absences, and they are prepared for the challenge.
“I expect it to be that way no matter who they put out there. Whoever they put out there, they’re going to be NFL guys so I know they’re going to play their best game against us, as every team does,” Dangerfield said on Glenn Clark Radio Dec. 1. “So we’re definitely going to treat [the Ravens] like we would treat it if it was just a regular game.”
“We know it’s going to be a battle,” Dangerfield added.
The Steelers (10-0) are currently the only undefeated team in the league and hold the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The team is powered by a defense that is No. 3 in the league in yards per game (306.9) and No. 1 in points allowed per game (17.4).
Dangerfield said the Steelers are taking this unprecedented season one game at a time along with the rest of the teams in the league because they know that nothing is guaranteed during the pandemic. He attributes the team’s success this season to their mentality and to head coach Mike Tomlin’s leadership in keeping the team focused amid schedule changes.
“It’s definitely tough and we’re all going through it as a whole league,” Dangerfield said. “But we’re taking it one day at a time and one game at a time, literally, because with COVID, pretty much nothing’s going to be a promise for tomorrow. So, we’re definitely taking it one game at a time and just getting what’s dealt to us.”
Dangerfield, 29, played in all 16 games for the Steelers as a special teamer during the 2019 season, recording 13 tackles (six solo) and the first forced fumble of his NFL career. This season he has recorded eight tackles (all solo) in nine games.
Dangerfield had the opportunity to face former Towson teammate Tye Smith in the Steelers’ 27-24 win against the Titans in Week 7, which he described as a blessing. Smith recorded four tackles (one solo) in the game, and Dangerfield had one tackle. The two played together at Towson from 2011-2012.
“It meant the world to me. … I hosted Tye on his official visit to Towson my sophomore year,” Dangerfield said. “I felt like I promised him a lot of things to get him to commit [to Towson] because I really wanted him there. Just to see everything coming full circle, it’s a blessing. I told him how I wanted him to be a part of the whole turnaround at Towson, and I then while we’re doing that, we can still chase our dreams and live out our dreams and we’re both doing that.”
Dangerfield was a defensive back at Towson from 2010-2012, racking up 258 tackles. He helped lead the Tigers to Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2011 and 2012. He earned All-CAA and All-America honors during his last two years with the Tigers.
In July, the CAA announced that it was postponing the fall football season. Dangerfield said the pandemic created a heartbreaking reality for many football players around the country.
“It’s just unfortunate, and it’s not just [Towson],” Dangerfield said. “There’s a lot of football players out there going through the same thing.”
Off the field, Dangerfield partners with Show Your Soft Side, a public service campaign with the goal of ending animal abuse and teaching people that showing compassion for animals is a sign of strength.
“[Show Your Soft Side] is important because I have my dog, and I love my dog like he’s human, like he’s one of my kids,” Dangerfield said. “So just to give that love to the pets and to the dogs is just a great feeling.”
For more from Dangerfield, listen to the full interview here:
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