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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...
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Now that we know the nature of the injuries suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the Monday night win over the Kansas City Chiefs, some medical experts, you know, REAL doctors, are able to give their educated opinions on how long the quarterback might be sidelined.
Melanie Friedlander, a board-certified general surgeon, and a friend of mine on Twitter...
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley had his usually talk with the media on Thursday and made a point to say that they will call the offense around the strengths of quarterback Byron Leftwich while Ben Roethlisberger is sidelined by his shoulder and rib injury. He also made a point to say that the big picture of the offense will not in the process.
Ah, now that we are all past finding out what finding out exactly what is wrong with the right shoulder and ribs of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, we can finally get on with Steelers-Ravens week. Of course it didn't take the Baltimore Ravens fan base long to get over the injury to Roethlisberger, in fact, it was likely celebrated in Baltimore.
We all have...
The headline is a bit of sensationalism, I’ll admit, but I’m not the one who said it. This morning on the NFL Network’s NFL AM broadcast the reference to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback started by exclaiming that “Ben Roethlisberger quickly went from hoping he could play Sunday against the Ravens to hoping he wouldn’t die in his sleep.” …
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to miss at least three weeks with shoulder and rib injuries, according to ESPN.
The report, citing an unnamed source familiar with the situation, said there's hope Roethlisberger will return Dec. 2 against the Ravens.
The source said Roethlisberger was still dealing with a significant pain as of Friday and his return is...
Tweet Pittsburgh Steelers back up quarterback Byron Leftwich isn’t exactly known as the fastest QB in the league. He’s actually one of the slowest. That didn’t stop Leftwich from scampering by the Baltimore Ravens defense for a 31-yard touchdown in the first quarter of their matchup Sunday night: Leftwich’s previous longest run from scrimmage was [...]
Pro Football Talk co-host Erik Kuselias asked NBC Sports analyst and former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward how his former team will do on Sunday night without Ben Roethlisberger starting.
“Not very well for the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Ward, per ProFootballTalk.com. “Going out there, they’ve got to have Ben on the field. One thing about him, to be able to extend...
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is hopeful he can return from his rib and shoulder injury Dec. 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. But Steelers doctors believe he will likely miss three weeks, reports Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Roethlisberger has been ruled out to play Sunday night against the Ravens and isn't expected to play next sunday at...
Byron played his heart (and his right rib cage) out in this one, but the Baltimore defense prevailed...
When the Ravens won here last year, Joe Flacco threw a game-winning, 26-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith with eight seconds on the clock.
"We won by taking a safe sack," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said inside...
Prior to the game Sunday night I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Steelers offense would need a few short fields to work with in order to beat the Baltimore Ravens. Those short fields never materialized.
Whether it be by turnover or by return, the offense was going to need help as I knew it would be asking too much to continually to expect quarterback Byron Leftwich to drive long...
Todd Haley: Oh, so this is how it’s gonna be, is it? Moping around like a bunch of bar flies after all the good tail got claimed for the night. You ******* are harshing Boss Todd’s buzz. What is it? You’re down because we lost our walking assault charge? Listen, f*ckstains. We’re more than one man. We’re a system. A brilliant system of my design. If anything, losing Pig...
The Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to miss the next few weeks with a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder and a rib injury. Byron Leftwich will get the start in his place, with Charlie Batch serving as the No. 2.
The Steelers are also without wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was ruled out with an ankle injury. Pittsburgh...
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be hosting their divisional opponent, the Baltimore Ravens this evening. The Steelers are going to be without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger but they will see one of their offensive playmakers return this week, RB Rashard Mendenhall. Roethlisberger suffered a serious shoulder/rib injury last Monday night in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Most Steelers fans weren't giving the team a shot during the first of two bouts against the Baltimore Ravens in the next 3 weeks. The Steelers were without 3 Pro Bowlers: Ben Roethlsiberger, Troy Polamalu and Antonio Brown. The Ravens were coming off a dynamite performance last week and have a healthy Joe Flacco/Ray Rice combination that has given the Steelers fits. Pittsburgh...
With the Friday injury report out of the way, and no roster moves expected to be made between now and the game, we can now throw out our look at what the Pittsburgh Steelers inactive list will look like for the Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.
4 of the 7 names on the list this week will be inactive this week because those players have been ruled out for the game due...