The black and gold enter Sunday Night on a two game winning streak and hope to improve their overall record to 6-3 as they take on their bitter rivals; the Ravens. The first go round was embarrassing for Pittsburgh and they surely want their revenge. Don’t expect this time to go as poorly as the first one.
Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:
• The defense needs to keep Joe Flacco in check. He’s in the middle of a big season and the secondary needs to keep his receivers in front of them, no deep balls. The linebackers need to pressure him into mistakes as well.
2. Big Ben needs to keep playing like he did against the Colts. Even if he has HALF the game he had last week, the team will do really well. Keep in mind, half of last week means 261 yards and three touchdown passes. I think that will be just fine….
3. I believe Brad Wiing will need to place the ball effectively when punting. Field position will play a pivotal role in the outcome of this game and he’ll need to do his job well for the Steelers.
4. The Ravens will most likely concentrate on Antonio Brown so Martavis Bryant needs to play a big role in the passing game. He was inactive for the first game so the Ravens haven’t seen him yet. He can do exactly what he’s done the last two weeks and that will be more than enough to lead the Steelers to victory.
Here are a Few Things to Watch:
• The Rivalry-This is the best rivalry in the NFL and expect some very heated exchanges and some possible fights as well.
2. LeVeon Bell-He can run, he can catch and he can change the game. How will he do so this week?
3. Big Ben-What will his encore performance be after the record setting day last week? I look for another stellar output from the franchise man.
4. Jason Worilds-He’s starting to heat up a bit. I look for him to hurry Flacco all game long and record a sack or even two this week.
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