The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens face off on Thanksgiving in a crucial Thanksgiving Day match up that will keep one team’s postseason hopes alive and likely end the others, so each team is hoping to enter the game as healthy as possible.
For the Ravens, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is one of those players who was a bit hobbled over recent weeks, but he feels that he is finally healthy and ready to go.
“It felt great, went out there and warmed up before the game and felt good enough to go,” said Ngata, via the Baltimore Sun. “It actually stayed loose throughout the game, and it loosened up more. So, it felt good. it was great to get back on the field, and our schedule is great for this game Thursday, a lot of mental [preparation] and just trying to get ready for the Pittsburgh game.”
Ngata knows that he will need to be at the top of his game on Thursday night in order to get after Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and slow down the Pittsburgh offense, so he is ready to bring the pressure and make sure the team is hitting all of the Pittsburgh players early and often.
“He’s just great at loose play, really,” Ngata said. “He’s just hard to tackle, and then he’s just able to find some receivers and throw the ball. He’s just a great quarterback that way. We’ve just got to do a great job at trying to plaster those guys that are leaking out and get him down when we have the chance.”
A few weeks ago this game looked like it was going to be a stinker, but both teams are on a roll and the NFL lucked in to a great match up for the Thanksgiving nightcap.