Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch For

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Sep 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) talks to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) after the game at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 26-6. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

A whole lot has changed since the last time we saw the Ravens take care of business at home against the Steelers while recording a definitive 26-6 victory.  The Steelers started out the season with a rather inept looking offense and a defense that had trouble stopping anybody on the ground.  Meanwhile, the Ravens were recently the winners of 5 of 6 games and looked good on both sides of the ball.

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Then week eight rolled around, and the Ravens quickly fell from their one week stay at first place in the AFC North by losing on the road to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Perhaps more importantly, they lost top cornerback Jimmy Smith to a foot sprain that looks to keep him out of action for several weeks.  It’s a crushing blow for a team that has struggled in coverage outside of Smith’s outstanding play.

Meanwhile, the Steelers steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 as Ben Roethlisberger  set a franchise record by throwing for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Big Ben was simply lights out while Antonio Brown continued his rise to the top ranks of NFL wide receivers.  With the emergence of running back LeVeon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the Steelers suddenly have one of the more dangerous offenses in the NFL.

So how can the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh and steal a victory?  We took a look at these two bitter rivals and came up with the questions that will be crucial if the Ravens want to pick up or simply maintain their ground on the first place Bengals this week. Click through to see them all.