Ravens vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh Will Avenge Season-Opening Loss to Baltimore

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to throw a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on October 30, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will avenge their season-opening loss to AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night with a great passing performance by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger picked apart the New England Patriots defense last week in a 25-17 victory in which he threw for 365 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Steelers have won four straight games and Roethlisberger is a major reason why. For a franchise that is historically led by a reliable and consistently effective rushing attack, Big Ben has made the Steelers a major passing threat.

In the last two weeks, Roethlisberger has passed for over 360 yards in each game with a total of five touchdowns and just one interception.

When the Ravens beat the Steelers 35-7 in a dominating Week 1 win, Roethlisberger completed just 22-of-41 pass attempts and threw three interceptions.

Big Ben is playing much better since then and so are his teammates. Since allowing 35 points in Week 1, the Steelers have not given up more than 20 points to any opponent.

The Steelers are on a roll right now and a win against the Ravens would really help their confidence heading toward the playoffs.

Even with injuries to key players on both sides of the ball last week, the Steelers offense was still effective and the defense held the NFL's best quarterback to just 17 points of offense.

The Steelers have a half-game lead on the Ravens in the division and play this rivalry game at home. Pittsburgh will win on Sunday night and widen their division lead with a strong performance from Ben Roethlisberger.