Pre-Game Warm Up: Steelers at Ravens (Thanksgiving)

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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.

Injury Report:

Steelers:

Date Pos Player Injury NFL Status
11/28/13 T Marcus Gilbert ANKLE PROBABLE
11/28/13 NT Steve McLendon ANKLE OUT
11/28/13 TE Heath Miller NOT INJURY RELATED PROBABLE
11/28/13 S Troy Polamalu NOT INJURY RELATED PROBABLE
11/28/13 LB Stevenson Sylvester HAMSTRING PROBABLE
11/28/13 S Shamarko Thomas ANKLE PROBABLE
11/28/13 LB LaMarr Woodley CALF DOUBTFUL

Ravens:

Date Pos Player Injury NFL Status
11/28/13 DT Chris Canty SHOULDER PROBABLE
11/28/13 S Brynden Trawick ANKLE OUT
11/27/13 DL Kapron Lewis-Moore Knee NFI

Tale of the tape:

Steelers:

Offense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 339.5 15
Passing Yards 262.2 8
Rushing Yards 77.3 30
Points Scored 22.1 21
Field Goal % 92.3 7

Defense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 343.2 13
Passing Yards 224.4 10
Rushing Yards 118.8 24
Points Allowed 23.3 13
Field Goal % 90.9 24

Ravens:

Offense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 308.8 29
Passing Yards 227.1 19
Rushing Yards 81.7 27
Points Scored 20.6 25
Field Goal % 92.3 6

Defense

Season Stats Rank
Total Yards 329 10
Passing Yards 226.4 11
Rushing Yards 102.6 11
Points Allowed 19.5 7
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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