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 weekâ€™s 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. â€śAfter 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. Weâ€™re going to strike back with words â€“ a war of words, if you will. Words that are stupid and downright offensive.â€ť 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 Billickâ€™s motives. Defensive leader Ray Lewis concocted the idea in the locker room following the loss. â€śWhen you lose as badly as we did, youâ€™ve got to fight back with your mouth, not your actions. Hit me in the face and Iâ€™ll tell you I didnâ€™t feel it. Hang 35 points on our defense in one half and Iâ€™ll say you canâ€™t score 70. Weâ€™re going to take (expletive) talking to a whole new level.â€ť 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. â€śWhen 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) ainâ€™t gonna be raining, and it ainâ€™t gonna be no night game.â€ť When asked if this was the first time Baltimore had played in the rain, Lewis responded, â€śdefinitely.â€ť Lewis went on to note that their stingy run defense held running back Willie Parker in check for the entire night. â€ś38-7 donâ€™t mean nothing. 42 yards rushing is what Iâ€™m talkinâ€™ about,â€ť referring to Parkerâ€™s season-low rushing total. â€ś(Expletive) fast Willie Parker, more like (Expletive) slow Willie Parker,â€ť a sweaty Lewis giggled. Trevor Pryce upped the ante for the two teamsâ€™ rematch in December. â€śAint no way James Harrison gets 10 sacks and 5 turnovers against us next time. I double-dog dare him.â€ť Pryce later denied knowing that James Harrison even played for Pittsburgh. â€śJames who? I donâ€™t know no James Harrison.â€ť 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. â€śI didnâ€™t actually touch the ball, but it looked slippery.â€ť When asked if the ball could have been wet from the rain, Ogden replied, â€śNo,â€ť before ending the interview. Bart Scott, one of the victims of Hines Wardâ€™s 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. â€śCâ€™mon down here and see if you make it out alive,â€ť Scott threatened. â€śIâ€™ve been talking to Ray about it, and weâ€™re pretty sure that itâ€™s the best way to shut him up,â€ť 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 heâ€™s confident of an acquittal. â€śItâ€™s the last game of the season, what are they gonna do, suspend me from the pro bowl?â€ť Scott joked. Itâ€™s hard to doubt Scottâ€™s 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 â€śAirâ€ť 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.