The Baltimore Ravens need their A game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Baltimore Ravens need their A game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:
The Baltimore Ravens need to be at their best when the challenge the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. For the fifth year in a row NBC has the Ravens and the Steelers in Pittsburgh. It’s the game that means a little more than the rest of them, and the Ravens are used to it being in enemy territory.
The Ravens need to get off to a good start, however that’s not enough. Last year they had a fourth quarter collapse as Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated a comeback win for the Steelers. The Steelers have a potent offense and in this series momentum is a big deal.
The Ravens have to take control of the game. Once they have the momentum, they have to aggressively keep it. The Ravens have to silence the crowd and keep the yellow towel bearing fans from a frenzy. John Harbaugh needs to have this team ready and he ha to keep them attacking all night long.
The Ravens can’t lean on one side of the ball to get the job done. The offense needs to put up points, because Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown aren’t going to go down quietly. The Ravens defense has to slow the Steelers offense down and they have to frustrate Roethlisberger. The Ravens may be able to put up some points on the board but if Roethlisberger has one of his best games, it will be tough to walk away with a win.
This will take a total team win. Special teams, which has been a surprising weakness of the Ravens this season, is also crucial. Morgan Cox had an off game against the Denver Broncos and the Ravens saw a blocked punt and a blocked field goal. That can’t happen against the Steelers. The Ravens replaced Janarion Grant, who fumbled twice as a punt returner. White has to bring reliability to the position.
The Ravens are the more complete team based on the first three weeks of the season. The Steelers have really struggled, while the Ravens have been mostly impressive. This game is there for the taking. If the Ravens play their best football, they should win the game. The Ravens control what happens to them on Sunday Night Football. This is a huge moment for the Ravens against a bitter rival. They just have to take it with their best performance.