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Big Ben's ability in the clutch may decide the game
Here's where I once again mention my conspiracy theory that the NFL wants the Steelers to win.
The Ben Roethlisberger suspension could have killed this team, but thanks to the way the Steelers schedule was set up, they were able to get past it. In a way, even the many fines on Rodney Harrison fit into my theory. The NFL wants to present the Steelers as a model franchise, so they can't have one of the team's players as the poster child for illegal hits. If it was another team, they might have tried to suspend him.
The Steelers look like a very solid team, with their biggest weakness being at offensive line. This might seem like a major concern, but they were able to win the Super Bowl two years ago with a subpar offensive line, so I guess they don't really need one on order to thrive. They seem to have everything else: Dynamic wide receivers, a powerful running back, and a playmaking defense.
The Ravens will be playing their second consecutive road game after their win over the Chiefs last week. The Ravens are familiar with road games, mostly because they seem unable to win their division, and always have to settle for a wild card berth.
The Ravens looked impressive in beating the Chiefs, although the Chiefs seemed half beaten heading into that game. Even after the victory, I still have concerns about QB Joe Flacco in big games. While teams can win by leaning on a strong running game and defense, you've got to figure that at some point they'll need Flacco to make a play in a key game.
I think that is the key difference in a pretty even matchup: Roethlisberger makes a play that Flacco does not.
Prediction: Steelers 24-16