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Both defenses have played great this season, but what's more surprising is Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked pass defense. And to the naysayers who believe they haven't played any elite QBs, take a look at how aggressive they were against New England and how they shut down the offense led by Tom Brady. This defense is for real.
Baltimore's defense has been lights out the whole season. The Cardinals were generally held on offense, only scoring off of turnovers and special teams. Baltimore also had a great defensive display against the Jaguars.
Pittsburgh's Defensive Strategy
Stop Ray Rice. Stop him at all costs. Ike Taylor is playing great, he should have no problems against Anquan Boldin. The pass defense should hold its own against Joe Flacco. The player they need to be focused on the most is Rice. Not only stopping his runs, but also taking him out in the receiving aspect. If Rice is held in check, Pittsburgh's chances to win increase immensely.
Baltimore's Defensive Strategy
Get to Big Ben, plain and simple. Suggs and the rest of the Ravens front 7 always seem to have a field day with the Steelers' offensive line. If they can get immediate pressure and disrupt Ben's quick throws, they can create turnovers and recreate the Week 1 debacle.