The Baltimore Ravens are riding a two-loss streak and face a beat-up Pittsburgh Steelers team. Still, the Ravens shouldn’t take these Steelers lightly.
The Baltimore Ravens 2-1 start to the 2019 season was more than acceptable start to the year, considering their only loss was to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. However, dropping to 2-2 wasn’t in the plans, especially after an embarrassing blowout to the Cleveland Browns at home.
The Browns have looked lost all year, but when they rolled into Baltimore, Maryland they looked like the dominant squad they were pegged all preseason. Whatever happened to the Ravens in that game needs to be fixed soon. In the meantime, no opponent can be viewed as lesser competition.
This is especially true when talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Just like every season, the Ravens match-up against the Steelers is one that we must throw out the record books for. When this game rolls around, it doesn’t matter how good or bad the teams are. These games turn into all-out slug-fests and are must-watch T.V.
Still, there’s no denying that this Pittsburgh Steelers squad is much different than year’s past. For starters, Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season and long-time stars Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are no longer with the team. Pittsburgh has an all-new identity to them with Mason Rudolph at the helm.
Normally, the Ravens would be salivating over a first-year starting quarterback. They would be if their defense was up to their usual standards. Instead, they’ve been routinely torn apart this year in spite of the talent littered throughout the unit. Earl Thomas, Brandon Williams, Matt Judon, Marlon Humphrey… the list goes on and yet it doesn’t matter.
Baltimore will wind up with their hands full vs. Pittsburgh, but worse yet will be to see how the Ravens offense handles the Steelers defense. Once again, Pittsburgh rolls out a unit that loves to feast on opposing quarterbacks and create turnovers. Even with how well Lamar Jackson has played, he’ll have a difficult task at hand.
Jackson will need to be on his A-game; this means avoiding bad throws and maneuvering the pocket well to evade a vicious pass rush. The run-game will need to remain strong and it’ll be important to get the ball into Marquise Brown‘s hands early and often. Mark Andrews will be another pillar of strength needed to pull out a tough game in the Steel City.
Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t the dominant force they were thought to be, but they’ll remain a tough unit for the Baltimore Ravens to take on. Hopefully, the Ravens have learned not to overlook a team like the Steelers anymore and can play Pittsburgh to their full potential.