The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 8-3 looking to sit on top of the division by themselves. The Ravens won the first match up in week four, 17-14. Charlie Batch was starting quarterback because Ben Roethlisberger was serving his last game for his suspension.
Offense: Edge Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger said he will play against the Ravens this week. He has been wearing a protective boot for most of the week. Even if he does play, how effective could he possibly be? Roethlisberger is most effective out of the pocket making plays out of nothing. It’s not going to be easy for him to play like he usually would. The Ravens have a consistent offense. Joe Flacco has been limiting his turnovers since the beginning of the season.
Defense: Edge Steelers
Both of these teams aren’t known for their offenses, they’re known for their smash mouth defense. The Steelers are better because they rush the passer better then the Ravens. The Steelers are tied for second in the league in total sacks, 32. The Ravens have only 19 on the season. The Ravens have a fundamental sound defense. They rarely make mistakes and are reliable with tackling. They don’t like to give up yards after the catch. The Steelers like to gamble with blitzes mixed in with zone coverage’s.
Special Teams: Ravens
The Steelers recently released kicker Jeff reed. They replaced him with Shaun Suisham. He did make all four of his field goals last game. They were all beyond 40 yards. However, this is only going to be his third game with much added pressure. I don’t know if he’s going to lose the game for them but I wouldn’t want to find out.
Prediction: Steelers 17, Ravens 20
The Ravens are 5-0 at home. They don’t like to lose in their stadium. Roethlisberger is not going to be able to play to his strengths with his foot injury. The Ravens are a little bit healthier going into this game. The Steelers had a scare in Buffalo and almost lost to a 2-9 football team. The Ravens have to protect the ball and make sure they don’t let the Steelers score on defense. This game is on national television on Sunday night. Emotions will be high. I wouldn’t be surprised if either team won this football game.
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Written by Frisco Fahs