Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
The most anticipated game of the year in regards to the AFC North and the Charm City comes into play this upcoming Sunday.
The game is to take place under the lights in a prime time showdown. The teams that are going to showcase this is the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It should be a brutal game, as it always is when they face off.
This is going to be a injury plagued game, as both teams have injuries on both sides of the ball. The thought of this is going to change the outcome of the game for sure. Other than the injuries the Ravens are going to have a big advantage, as they will be playing home and have the fierce cheers of their beloved fans behind them. The cold should just give the game a bit of a winter felt fight.
The first match-up they had this year, does not even equal up to the hype and meaning of this one. The Ravens got the best of the Steelers in the first game with a dramatic finish, this will even better the hype of this game and make the battle for first in the AFC North that much more interesting.
There are going to be a couple of different aspects in the upcoming game, that did not show up in the previous game.
On the Ravens side, the ball hawking Ed Reed was not available. He did not have the chance to spread his wings and show his knack of getting his hands on the ball. With him back the Ravens should have two of the most dominating forces on the football field, with Ray Lewis patrolling the front of the defense and Reed controlling the back of the defense. With them two on the field, look to see hard hits and people flying to the ball.
On the Steelers side, Ben Roethlisberger was not playing. It’s hard not to say that Roethlisberger is not one tough son of a gun. He has unbelievable great movement in the pocket and that makes it hard for the opponents defense to get their hands on him and take him down. So look for a lot of broken plays to be fixed when he takes the field on offense.
With both teams offensive lines depleted look for both defenses to exploit that. Its going to be a lot of hits on both Joe Flacco and Roethlisberger, making this a take them down drag them out game.
One of the big keys to this game is to develop a running game, this will make it easier to pass the ball down field. Whichever team develops the best running game, should have a really good chance of coming away victorious.
Another big key to this game is the new found ability of the Ravens passing game. This should come in effect, as the Steelers secondary is ranked near the bottom of the AFC. With the thought of this, its going to be a must for the Ravens offensive line to protect Flacco.
On the other side the Steelers must find away to protect Roethlisberger or the Ravens defense is going to have a big day in the backfield of the Steelers.
With all this in question, its a matter of what team can answer them more correctly.