Originally appeared in Newsday (N.Y.) and on Newsday.com

BALTIMORE — The greeting Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin provided to his silent Steeler players as they entered the post-game locker room was indicative of just how dominant the Ravens were yesterday.

“Take it like a champ. Swallow it whole,” Tomlin said in the hallway, shaking players’ hands as they walked past. “Chew on it.”

The Ravens outplayed their division rivals and the reigning AFC champions in a season-opening 35-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore’s traditionally strong defense forced as many turnovers — seven, a franchise-record — as the Steelers had points.

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Following the print and web coverage of the game, I was asked to join WNST radio in Baltimore to talk about it.

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