The game of football and especially at the professional level is about match-ups and being able to take advantage of them. Both the Steelers and Ravens have been scheming all week on how to take advantage of each other’s weaknesses.
Rarely does a game seem so simple in terms of those match-ups than this one and I’ve got it boiled down to the three keys that apply to both teams for their Sunday Night match-up.
1. Winning on third down… The Steelers behind Ben Roethlisberger have absolutely dominated their opponents on third down and now with Byron Leftwich at the helm that task becomes huge. The Steelers lead the NFL in third down conversions at a shade under 50% but that number has been only 40% the last three weeks.
The Ravens are 18th in the league in converting third downs at around 35%. One of the struggles for Dick LeBeau’s defenses in the last several years has been getting off the field on third downs. They are currently in the middle of the pack at 16th so their ability to k...