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Ravens need a big game from Joe Flacco in Pittsburgh.
Our No. 1 game for Week 11 is the Sunday Night Football contest between the two teams atop the AFC North division. The Baltimore Ravens (7-2) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3). This is the first meeting this year in this intense rivalry with the second round coming right up in Week 13.
This rivalry is one of the classics in the NFL, but the series this year should come with the Red Cross insignia attached. Both teams have dealt with a wide range of injuries throughout the year. This game will be no different.
According to this report from CBS Sports, it is doubtful that QB Ben Roethlisberger will be able to play in Week 11. Big Ben sprained his shoulder on Monday Night Football against Kansas City.
Both starting safeties, Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark, are expected to miss the game. Clark has now been hit with two concussions in three weeks, so he will likely be out. RB Rashard Mendenhall and WR Antonio Brown are both questionable, so the Steelers are hurting on both sides of the ball.
Baltimore has their own issues. Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb have gone to I.R, with Lewis getting the designated to return tag. 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs is working his way back into shape from his Achilles injury, and NT Haloti Ngata sat out the Week 10 due to his injuries.
Despite all the missing key players, the Steelers defense has been able to thrive, as they are the No. 1 ranked overall defense in the NFL coming into Week 11. Baltimore's defense has sunk all the way to No. 27.
This game could come down to Joe Flacco versus Byron Leftwich. It is worth watching to see if things tighten up in the AFC North or if the Steelers are able to trim the Ravens lead in the division. No matter how bad things get, the Steelers find a way to compete, which makes this a must watch game.
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