Pre-Game Warm Up: Steelers vs Ravens

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Location: Pittsburgh PA;    Stadium: Heinz Field;    Weather: 56 degrees, sunny;    Kickoff:  PM ET;  Line:  Pittsburgh -2;    TV Coverage: CBS;    Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst);    Coaches: Mike Tomlin (Steelers) vs. John Harbaugh (Ravens)

Pittsburgh Steelers: Win number two is on the agenda of the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend as they take on the Baltimore Ravens. Although the same players may not be a part of this game than in years past, it is still a rivalry. To make the contest better, both teams are fighting for their lives to stay up in the 2013 season.

Offensively, the Steelers are progressing and really showing some good flashes. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been exceptionally well as of late. Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has added to the offense by making teams respect the run, while wide receiver Antonio Brown has been simply phenomenal with 498 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, things are looking up for a team that was playing well but could not come up with any big plays. Last Sunday against the Jets, the Steelers defense picked quarterback Geno Smith off two times and recorded three sacks. Against the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco has been moving the chains. The defense must be able to force a turnover or two again this week to give every opportunity they can to the offense.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are finding out that being the defending Super Bowl Champions is hard to carry around. After losing almost all of the star players on defense and a few on offense, the Ravens stand at 3-3.

Quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked seventeen times in 2013, which ties Roethlisberger for one of the worst in the league. However, the Ravens will look to keep Flacco clean in week seven. Running back Ray Rice has been shaking off an injury from earlier in the season, but is always effective when the ball is in his possession. Receivers Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown have combined for 45 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns.

The Ravens own some of the best pass rushers in the National Football League. They have the second best pass rushing team with 22 sacks on the season. Linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs have been a force. The Ravens are still -4 in the turnover ratio. The defense must step up against Big Ben in order to get their third straight win in Heinz Field.

Injury Report:

Steelers:

Date Pos Player Injury NFL Status
10/20/13 T Marcus Gilbert QUADRICEPS PROBABLE
10/20/13 TE Richard Gordon TOE OUT
10/20/13 LB Jarvis Jones CONCUSSION QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 DE Brett Keisel ABDOMEN PROBABLE
10/20/13 TE Heath Miller NOT INJURY RELATED PROBABLE
10/20/13 WR Markus Wheaton FINGER OUT
10/20/13 LB LaMarr Woodley KNEE PROBABLE

Ravens:

Date Pos Player Injury NFL Status
10/20/13 CB Chykie Brown THIGH QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 LB Josh Bynes THIGH, FINGER OUT
10/20/13 DT Chris Canty THIGH PROBABLE
10/20/13 NT Terrence Cody KNEE QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 C Ryan Jensen FOOT DOUBTFUL
10/20/13 LB Albert McClellan SHOULDER QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 DT Haloti Ngata ELBOW QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 DT Marcus Spears KNEE PROBABLE
10/20/13 WR Brandon Stokley THIGH DOUBTFUL
10/20/13 LB Courtney Upshaw FOOT QUESTIONABLE
10/20/13 CB Lardarius Webb THIGH QUESTIONABLE
09/17/13 DL Kapron Lewis-Moore Knee  N/A
08/02/13 DB Asa Jackson Suspension  OUT

Tale of the Tape:

Steelers:

Offense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 338.6 18
Passing Yards 277.6 7
Rushing Yards 61 31
Points Scored 17.6 27
Field Goal % 100 6

Defense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 310.8 6
Passing Yards 196 4
Rushing Yards 114.8 22
Points Allowed 23.2 18
Field Goal % 91.7 23

Ravens:

Offense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 335.7 22
Passing Yards 263 12
Rushing Yards 72.7 27
Points Scored 22.3 18
Field Goal % 85.7 18
 

Defense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 352.5 17
Passing Yards 254.3 18
Rushing Yards 98.2 8
Points Allowed 21.5 12
Field Goal % 88.2 18
 

Spotlight Player: Tight end Heath Miller could be the difference in this game. Roethlisberger loves having him back and Miller is getting more comfortable by the week coming back from injury.

Bottom Line: Win number one for the Steelers did not come easy, do not expect the second to come any easier.

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