Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch For

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Oct 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Ravens Banged up Secondary Stop the Steelers Air Attack?

Ben Roethlisberger absolutely shredded a Vontae Davis less Colt’s secondary last Sunday.  And now he gets to face another team that has lost their best corner.  To top it off, Lardarius Webb has largely struggled since returning from his own preseason injury and no one else has performed well in coverage.

Make no mistake, this is the biggest key to the game.  If the Ravens continue to give up big plays, they have little hope of victory this week.  The Steelers simply have too many weapons in the passing game, and Big Ben does not go down easily.  Even if the Steelers can’t run on the Raven’s stout d-line, they can simply pick them apart in the air.

The Ravens would be best served by using Will Hill extensively on defense in this game, which they puzzlingly avoided against the Bengals.  They will also likely use Chykie Brown in the slot instead of Matt Elam, who was forced into a position change after Brown was inactive last week.  Let’s hope that provides at least a slight upgrade, but this is a dismal situation regardless.