6 Reasons Why the Steelers Should Still Beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent INovember 16, 2012

6 Reasons Why the Steelers Should Still Beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11

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    There is one huge reason that you could pick against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week versus the Baltimore Ravens, and his name is Ben Roethlisberger.

    Roethlisberger is the best quarterback in the league with the ability to dominate inside the pocket and his ability to still get the ball out with five defenders on his back.

    Ben is huge part of the Steelers team, not just the offense, and his absence will certainly be felt for as long as he is out.

    However, here are 6 reasons the team should still beat the Ravens this week.

Home Field

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    The Steelers may have two embarrassing losses this season, to the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, but both of those games were on the road.

    In fact, the Steelers are undefeated at home to this point in the season and haven’t lost a regular season home game since losing to the Ravens last season.

    Even though the team struggled last week versus the Kansas City Chiefs, Heinz Field is still one of the toughest places to play for opposing teams and fans are always even more hyped for a Steelers/Ravens matchup.

Injured Ravens

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    The Steelers have the biggest injury of the game in Ben Roethlisberger, but it’s not like the Ravens are coming in fully healthy either.

    Obviously they already have Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb on injured reserve, but they have also ruled out Jimmy Smith.

    Throw in that guys like Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata, among others, have been dealing with injuries all season, and like I said it’s not like they are at full strength going into this game.

Ravens' Road Woes

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    Like the Steelers, the Ravens are undefeated at home this season and are coming off a 35-point win over the Oakland Raiders, whom the Steelers lost to.

    Also like the Steelers, however, the Ravens have not played their best on the road with a 2-2 record while getting destroyed by the Texans and not scoring a touchdown against the Chiefs.

    The Ravens' offense seems to really struggle on the road, and although Ben Roethlisberger won’t be out there, Ryan Clark should be with the rest of the Steelers' defense.

Run the Football

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    Even though the Steelers ended up with 95 yards rushing versus the Chiefs, they still struggled to move the ball in general throughout the game.

    The Steelers have rushed for over 100 yards in four of their six wins this season with the other two being the Chiefs with 95 yards and then the Jets with 66.

    Todd Haley has shown to be very stubborn with his play calling at times this season, and just when we thought the offense was starting to get into a rhythm during the winning streak he threw a wrench into it versus the Chiefs.

    With Ben Roethlisberger out, Byron Leftwich starting this week and as bad as the Ravens' run defense has been this year—ranked 26th—there should be no reason they should be trying to throw the ball 40 times.

Byron Leftwich

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    Byron Leftwich might be the slowest human being on the planet. However, he isn’t the worst quarterback in the league.

    He’s not Ben Roethlisberger by a long shot, but Byron has the ability to at least keep the offense going and not stall it.

    I have confidence that, even though the offense may not run as smoothly, it doesn’t have to take a humongous step back with Leftwich at quarterback.

Joe Flacco

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    Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens are coming off a season where they swept the Steelers in the regular season with one being the opening day blowout of 35-7.

    The other victory came later in the season, with Flacco throwing a game-winning touchdown pass with 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

    All of that being said, throughout his career, I have never been really high on Joe Flacco and he has not really played well at all on the road this season.