Location: Baltimore MD; Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium; Weather: 33 degrees, mostly clear; Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET; Line: Pittsburgh +3; TV Coverage: NBC; Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Chris Collinsworth (analyst); Coaches: Mike Tomlin (Steelers) vs. John Harbaugh (Ravens)
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken some big strides in the month of November to get themselves back into the playoff picture. Now at 5-6 and a three-game winning streak, the Steelers are facing their most important game of the season.
The offense has finally started making some great plays with the helps of wide receiver Antonio Brown who leads the National Football League in receptions (80). Running back Le’Veon Bell has not been eye-popping, however, he has done enough to make the Steelers more of a balanced offense.
Defensively, the Steelers are finally making plays on the ball and forcing turnovers. Safety Troy Polamalu was Offensive Player of the Week last week when he recorded two forced fumbles, a sack, and four tackles. Alongside Polamalu, cornerback William Gay has been nothing shy of impressive in his most productive season in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have struggled after being crowned Super Bowl Champions last February. Offensively, the Ravens have not been nearly effective through the air or on the ground. Running back Ray Rice has averaged just 2.9 yards a carry and 450 total yards.
Defensively, the Ravens have a fierce pass rushing attack led by Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens are ranked tenth in total defense in the NFL giving an average of 329 yards a game.
|11/28/13||TE||Heath Miller||NOT INJURY RELATED||PROBABLE|
|11/28/13||S||Troy Polamalu||NOT INJURY RELATED||PROBABLE|
Tale of the tape:
|Field Goal %||92.3||7|
|Field Goal %||90.9||24|
|Field Goal %||92.3||6|
|Field Goal %||89.3||21|
Spotlight Player: Halfback Le’Veon Bell’s efforts could be a difference maker in Thursday night’s game. Bell ran for 93 yards in week seven against the Ravens.
Bottom Line: The Steelers must treat this like a playoff game. Stay focused and limit the mistakes.
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