5 Key Stats For Ravens Battle With The Steelers
4. Antonio Brown Is A Game Changer Without jimmy Smith
Brown is the best receiver in football. If a Baltimore boy is saying it, than accept it as the truth. Brown is a game changing talent. He can beat you deep. He can beat you across the field and with any route. The Steelers lean on Brown, who has 96 receptions this season. Take Bell’s 72 receptions out of the picture and the next leading receiver is Eli Rogers with 38 receptions. Brown has 11 touchdowns this season.
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Jimmy Smith may not be the best cornerback in football but he has proven to be an antidote to Brown defense infecting poison. The Ravens have been schooled when Smith has been hurt this season. Odell Beckham took over the game when Smith left against the Giants. The Cowboys picked on Shareece Wright without mercy. The Patriots had their way with the Ravens, as Tom Brady racked up over 400 yards.
Smith is the last person the Ravens defense could lose. This is a big blow to the Ravens. While it is not fatal to their chances in this game, it certainly hurts.