Steve Smith, Ravens win despite Ray Rice distraction

One school of thought was that the Ravens were dealing with way too big of a distraction this week to be able to beat the Steelers on Thursday night.

And in a sense, Ravens receiver Steve Smith understands that notion. With Ray Rice being seen punching his now-wife, Janay Rice, in the face, there were a lot of emotions rolling through the Ravens' locker room.

Smith, who spent his previous 13 years with Carolina, said the experience was new to him.

"It’s just so tough with all the media that surrounded us this week. I mean, they were everywhere. In the parking lot. In the locker room," Smith told reporters after Baltimore's 26-6 win over Pittsburgh. "To be quite honest, I’ve never seen anything like it. And then, you go home to your wife or your girlfriend, and then you have to explain and take questions from them. I mean, it really was hard. Oh, and then, we have to learn plays for the Steelers. But all that just speaks to this team. We focused; we knew we had our backs against the wall, as you can’t lose two division games to start the season, and we got it done.”

The Ravens, somehow, were able to block out the obvious distraction the Rice video, and the running back's dismissal from the team, caused. And they didn't just win, they dominated the Steelers from start to finish.

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