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This Sunday night contest is the game of the week, pitting the 8-3 Steelers against the 8-3 Ravens. Baltimore holds a half game advantage over Pittsburgh in the AFC North, having won the first meeting in Pittsburgh 17-14. That said, the Week 4 Steelers were led by Charlie Batch, not Ben Roethlisberger.
To say that these teams hate each other is probably an understatement. However, under the new Goodell rules, this game may not be as fun as we are used to. Pittsburgh is leading the league in rushing yards against only giving up an amazing average of 64 yards per game.
However, that is not how I expect Baltimore to attack the Steelers, since it is in the air that the Steelers have shown significant vulnerability.
Both quarterbacks have been very protective of the football and are not making many mistakes.
I see this as a game of what ifs. If the Steelers actually go back to what they do well and bring people on blitzes to get to Joe Flacco, they have a good chance. If Baltimore's Haloti Ngata lives in Pittsburgh's backfield like he did in Week 4, it could be a long day for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers running game.
This is a coin flip in my mind, but I don't like Pittsburgh's patchwork offensive line.
Pick: Baltimore Ravens