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Steel City Sports Report:
If you were coaching a team that was ranked 28th in total defense, 18th in total offense, and 11th in points allowed, what do you think your record would be? Bet you wouldn't guess 7-2 and yet, that's exactly what the Baltimore Ravens are just past the halfway point of the season.The Pittsburgh Steelers come into this contest with the top statistical defense and 18th ranked offense, tied with Baltimore. They are 6-3.The rivalry of the Steelers and Ravens is the best in football today. But, its starting to lose its luster as both teams get older and some of the marquee players retire. Hines Ward and James Farrior retired last year while Ed Reed and Ray Lewis -not playing because of torn triceps- look to be well on their way out of Baltimore. To make matters worse, Ben Roethlisberger will be out for this game forcing the Steelers to use Byron Leftwich.While both teams have a winning record and look to be well on their way to a playoff berth, the fact is, they aren't as good as they have been in year's past. The Ravens have zero secondary. Already feeling the pain of missing Ladarius Webb, the Ravens will be without Jimmy Smith after undergoing groin surgery earlier in the week. So, despite missing Troy Polamalu, the Steelers will still have a better secondary heading into this game.The Steelers, as mentioned earlier, will not have Ben Roethlisberger. Going into a divisional matchup without your top player could spell disaster but, they have a solid backup in Byron Leftwich and an offensive coordinator whose game plan shifts depending on the personnel. Surprisingly, I do not think it will be difficult for the Steelers to put up points. Their struggles lie with stopping the Ravens from doing the same. The Steelers may have the fifth ranked rushing defense, but they have struggled to stop the run at times this season. Darren Mcfadden ran over the Steelers for 113 yards and a touchdown in week 3 while Jamaal Charles went for 100 last week. Ray Rice is one of the top running backs in the league with a big offensive line in front of him; a line that can easily plow over Ziggy Hood as teams have done all season.The Ravens also have a deep threat in Torrey Smith to keep the Steelers from crowding the line of scrimmage. There's a case to be made that Smith's production has been the biggest catalyst for the Ravens this season. So far, Smith has 31 receptions for a team high 548 yards. His seven touchdowns are more than all the other Ravens' receivers combined.And then there's Joe Flacco, self-proclaimed elite quarterback whose 88.3 passer rating is 14th best in the league. Despite having nearly 25 less completions than Ben Roethlisberger, Flacco has racked up more yards meaning bigger plays. It will be interesting to see how Flacco plays in this game. While the Ravens typically struggle on the road, their quarterback has won two of the last three games at Heinz Field.This should be a great game. It may not feature two dominant defenses like it use to but it is still the best rivalry in professional football. The Ravens have a chance to land a potential knockout blow at the Steelers' chances to win the division, while the Steelers could take a giant step forward without their quarterback if they can beat the Ravens. If you're looking for a low scoring, strong defensive game, look elsewhere. This could be a shootout. Sunday night can't come soon enough.
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The Steelers need to run and play great defense to have a chance this week.
After a rough Week 10, I'm sitting at 92-54-1. Who wants to keep track of a tie.
Let's see if I can turn this around this week.
Arizona at Atlanta - The Cards need to get some production from the QB position if they want any chance to make playoff this season.
The Falcons finally...
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up practice preparations on Friday for their Sunday night game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens and the final injury report of the week is now out.
As expected, wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) have all been ruled out for...
Ravens @ Steelers Sunday – 11/18/12 8:20 PM The Baltimore Ravens return to prime-time on Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on their AFC North rival Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Both teams have been hobbled by injuries but are still continuing their winning ways. Baltimore leads the Steelers in the AFC North standings by just one game. Sunday night’s game...
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to stack their fifth win in a row Sunday night when they host division rival Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Below are 7 things to watch for specifically in this game along with my prediction at the end of it. In case you missed it, here is the Wednesday podcast preview of the game that features a great interview with Ravens beat writer John Eisenberg...
Below is the inactive list for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 11 game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens. The 7 inactive players are announced 90 minutes before kickoff.
S Troy Polamalu
T Marcus Gilbert
LB Stevenson Sylvester
LB Adrian Robinson
WR Antonio Brown
QB Ben Roethlisberger
CB DeMarcus Van ****
CB Jimmy Smith
DE Pernell McPhee...
As usual, this game is a dogfight between the Ravens and Steelers. Pittsburgh had the upper hand early, after a Byron Leftwich scramble of 31 yards. The Ravens settled in late.
Leftwich has played well for Pittsburgh and Joe Flacco has done the same for the Ravens. The difference in this game is a Mike Wallace fumble.
Also of note, tight end Dennis Pitta and running back Isaac Redman...
Not too much action in the third quarter of the rivalry game between the Ravens and Steelers. The Ravens couldn’t take advantage of a Byron Leftwich interception, but were still able to come up with a 39-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.
The Steelers weren’t able to get in the end zone on a stout Ravens’ defense. They had to settle for a Shaun Suisham field goal.
At the end...
PITTSBURGH -- The Baltimore Ravens took control of the AFC North race Sunday night by doing one of the things they do best -- winning inside the division. The Ravens used Jacoby Jones' punt-return touchdown, two field goals and a strong defensive effort to edge the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 at Heinz Field. Baltimore improved to 8-2 and took a two-game lead over Pittsburgh...
The Ravens have settled down and now have the lead against the Steelers. Free agent pick up Jacoby Jones took a punt 63 yards to give the Ravens a 10-7 lead.
Baltimore’s defense, particularly linebacker Paul Kruger, has been playing better since Pittsburgh’s initial drive of the game.
Isn’t this what football season is all about? The home team clashing with their biggest rivals late in the year possibly with the division in the balance. That’s exactly what’s going to happen Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh will meet for the first time this season on “Sunday Night Football,” but with a twist. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger...
Below are the defensive player play counts and the participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. We also are including down, time of play and yards gained to better help you identify the play.
The Steelers used quite a bit of base against the Chiefs in this game because they only forced them into 3 third downs in the first half. Only...
After an unforeseen somewhat competent version of Chad Henne appeared in Houston, there is a touch more hope that a better than useless Byron Leftwich could emerge for what at one point seemed like a game worthy of its Sunday Night Football timeslot. By which I mean, still not a lot of hope. The Ravens put up 55 points last week. Granted, that was at home against against the awful...