Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Behind Enemy Lines


Sep 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost gameday, and we wanted to gain some inside perspective on Sunday night’s Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers showdown.  To do so, we reached out to Kim Myers at our FanSided sister site, Nice Pick Cowher.  Kim answered five questions for us, and we did the same for her.  Here is the info we gained, behind enemy lines.

Big Ben is coming off of a historic performance last week, but he has historically struggled against the Ravens. In 15 games against them, he has one 300+ yard passing game and one 2+ touchdown game. Against a reeling Raven’s secondary, do you think Ben can break his streak and go off on the Ravens?

I don’t think Steelers fans are expecting six touchdowns against the Ravens. Considering they didn’t get into the endzone at all in the last meeting, it would be tough to assume the Steelers offense is just going to keep riding high and go off again. However, against a beat-up Ravens secondary, the Steelers offense would be wise to be aggressive and try and jump out to an early lead.

The AFC North is surprisingly competitive this year, with even the Browns putting up a fight. Who do you think will ultimately come up on top, and is this game a pivotal one for the Steelers?

This game is pivotal for the Steelers but it’s tough to judge the overall division because of how the schedule was put out. We don’t play Cincinnati until Week 14 and then again in Week 17 but considering the Ravens were swept by the Bengals and the Steelers split with the Browns, they need to win this to have a shot at the division title. I think it’s really up for grabs for anyone at this point. The Steelers have learned from last season that they can’t depend on a Wild Card spot to materialize so winning the division is key.

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The Steelers have had some protection issues with their offensive line. The Ravens have been getting consistent pressure in most games, but struggled against the Bengal’s excellent o-line. How do you think the Steeler’s offensive line will hold up against the Raven’s pass rush?

The Steelers offensive line has been one of the bright spots on the team this season, actually. Ben Roethlisberger had excellent protection against Indy and was never sacked and only hit twice. I think it will be interesting to see if they can keep up the protection considering Marcus Gilbert is coming back in for Mike Adams at right tackle. But the offensive line overall so far this season has been solid.

What receiver do you think will post the biggest stat line Sunday night – Markus Wheaton or Martavis Bryant?

It’s hard not to get swept up in the story of Martavis Bryant coming in so strong in his first couple of NFL games and he’s such a big target for Ben. I think he just keeps getting better but the Steelers are really working very well with two receiver groups featuring each of them. Bryant had more targets in the last game and that resulted in more yards so I’ll say that keeps up and he tops Wheaton again on the stats sheet.

What is your prediction for the game?

I know it’s coming down to the last play regardless of what happened to either team last week. This is Steelers vs. Ravens so it’s going to be a tight one. I think the Ravens are going to see a completely different squad than who they saw in Week 2 and the Steelers will jump out to an early lead and hold tight. I’ll go 27-21 Steelers.