Fresh off of a sound beating from their division rivals, the Ravens returned to Baltimore to lick their wounds. But, instead of preparing for this weekâs upcoming game against Cincinnati, the men of Purple are staging a verbal campaign to downplay the loss to Pittsburgh in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. Head coach Brian Billick addressed the media yesterday to support his players in the cause. âAfter a loss like that, the easy thing to do would be to compliment the Steelers, go back to work and get ready for your next opponent. Not us, no sir. Weâre going to strike back with words â a war of words, if you will. Words that are stupid and downright offensive.â That would be the first signs of offense on a team that rarely reaches the end zone. But when it comes to offensive ingenuity, you cannot question Billickâs motives. Defensive leader Ray Lewis concocted the idea in the locker room following the loss. âWhen you lose as badly as we did, youâve got to fight back with your mouth, not your actions. Hit me in the face and Iâll tell you I didnât feel it. Hang 35 points on our defense in one half and Iâll say you canât score 70. Weâre going to take (expletive) talking to a whole new level.â After suffering defeats against all AFC North opponents on the road, Lewis insists that it will be a different story when the games are played at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore. The weather, start times and even time zone changes are all reasons for the Ravens poor play throughout the first half of the season. âWhen you have to play a game four hours away, at night, in the rain, the day after you turn the clocks back, that (expletive) affects you, man. When we play in our house, it sure as (expletive) ainât gonna be raining, and it ainât gonna be no night game.â When asked if this was the first time Baltimore had played in the rain, Lewis responded, âdefinitely.â Lewis went on to note that their stingy run defense held running back Willie Parker in check for the entire night. â38-7 donât mean nothing. 42 yards rushing is what Iâm talkinâ about,â referring to Parkerâs season-low rushing total. â(Expletive) fast Willie Parker, more like (Expletive) slow Willie Parker,â a sweaty Lewis giggled. Trevor Pryce upped the ante for the two teamsâ rematch in December. âAint no way James Harrison gets 10 sacks and 5 turnovers against us next time. I double-dog dare him.â Pryce later denied knowing that James Harrison even played for Pittsburgh. âJames who? I donât know no James Harrison.â Offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden took another angle on the reason for Ravens 4 turnovers, suggesting that the balls were greased down when the Ravens were on offense. âI didnât actually touch the ball, but it looked slippery.â When asked if the ball could have been wet from the rain, Ogden replied, âNo,â before ending the interview. Bart Scott, one of the victims of Hines Wardâs devastating blocks, claims that Ward got lucky on the hit and confirmed that he would, in fact, attempt to kill the Steelers wide receiver when the teams play a their December 30th rematch. âCâmon down here and see if you make it out alive,â Scott threatened. âIâve been talking to Ray about it, and weâre pretty sure that itâs the best way to shut him up,â referring to the all-pro receiver. When asked about a possible suspension from the league for attempted murder, Scott replied that he is scheduled to meet with Lewisâ attorneys and heâs confident of an acquittal. âItâs the last game of the season, what are they gonna do, suspend me from the pro bowl?â Scott joked. Itâs hard to doubt Scottâs ambitions. After all, Baltimore is known as Murder Capital, USA. No one from the Ravens offense could be reached for comment. Willis McGahee and Steve âAirâ McNair are recovering from concussions, but both still had enough sense to keep quiet. Is this a case of senility settling in on an aging team with diminishing talent, or a cerebral game of verbal possum? Baltimore might be 4-4 and 0-3 in the AFC North, but with a new game plan, this team could go very far into January, even if it is only in their minds.