Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 3 of the AFC North battle will take place at Heinz Field, when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
The Steelers and Ravens split their season series, with both away teams winning. The playoffs will be different because the Steelers will be playing with Ben Roethlisberger instead of Dennis Dixon.
Though the Ravens and Steelers are sure to have a slug fest that only a defensive-minded fan will be able to appreciate, this one is going to be like every other time these two teams have faced each other—hard hits, lots of injuries, a boatload of personal fouls and a few fights between the teams.
Both teams have a defense that is one of the best in the NFL. They have great receivers and strong running games (against everyone but each other).
This game is going to come down to which QB plays better.
Will it be Joe Flacco? Flacco (3-2 playoff record) has shown that he is a quality signal caller. He is the best QB the Ravens have ever had. But, every time he plays the Steelers, the long-haired Samoan, Troy Polamalu does SOMETHING that ruins the game for Joe Cool.
Ben Roethlisberger, simply put, knows how to win. He is a big game QB that plays his best ball when the season is on the line (8-2 playoff record, 2-0 Super Bowl record). When he plays the Ravens, he almost always finds a way to stick the dagger in their heart when there is little time left on the clock.