What Separates the Pittsburgh Steelers from the Baltimore Ravens?

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IJanuary 19, 2009

By Derek Lofland

The Pittsburgh Steelers possess one of the scariest defenses you will ever see. They are so fast at linebacker. They cover the receivers well. They put pressure on the quarterback. There just isn’t anything they cannot stop.

LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu are premier defensive players that make plays all over the field.

The Ravens, though, are just as scary. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are as fine of players as you will ever see. Terrell Suggs had a couple sacks despite playing with a shoulder injury.

I have never seen two units that mirror each other to that degree...

I really can’t decide which unit I would rather have.

The difference between these two teams was the offenses, in particular at quarterback.

Joe Flacco is a rookie. In the three losses to the Steelers, he had one touchdown and five picks. In the three wins against the Ravens, Big Ben had three touchdowns and one pick.

Ben Roethlisberger didn’t tear the Baltimore defense apart. What he did do is not make many mistakes. Part of that has to do with experience. Roethlisberger may not have had his best season in 2008, but his experience in the playoffs was huge...

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