Here are the big matchups for this week's game:
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Ravens Defensive Line:
If the Ravens line can pressure Roethlisberger and get a few sacks early, it will help the secondary out tremendously. Roethlisberger can beat you in so many different ways, so it is very important for the Ravens to pressure him and force him to make quick decisions and, hopefully, throw an interception.
Joe Flacco vs Steelers Secondary
Without Troy Polamalu, the Steelers secondary is vulnerable. Flacco needs to throw downfield early and give the offense some momentum. Flacco needs to avoid those turnovers that plagued him in last year's AFC Championship game. If that happens, look for the Ravens to get out to a fast start.
Ravens Special Teams vs. Steelers Special Teams
Last week against the Colts, the Ravens Special Teams arguably played their best game of the year. They gave the Ravens good starting field position and kept the Colts in their end of the field. Billy Cundiff also made 5 of 6 field goals. The winner of the field position battle will likely win this game.
PREDICTION: Steelers 17, Ravens 10
The Steelers are out to prove that last week's loss to the Chiefs was a fluke. The Ravens, even in the loss to Colts, proved that they can still play and contend for a playoff spot. Both teams need this game. With a loss, the Steelers would be 6-5, and still very much alive. If the Ravens lose, they would fall to 5-6, and likely be out of playoff contention. The Steelers come out and win a close, hard-fought game in Baltimore on Sunday night.