Keys to a Ravens victory:
Keeping the Steelers run game stalled: The Steelers have a young quarterback and they have just seen the Browns run all over this Baltimore defense. The Steelers have much reason to lean on the running game in this one. The Steelers have actually struggled to run the ball this season however, and the Ravens better keep it that way. James Connor and Jaylen Samuels are both averaging 3.2 yards per carry. If the Steelers get the run game going, their offense could get jump started. The Ravens don’t want that to happen.
Defending the short passing game: The Ravens have to defend the short passing game because Rudolph depends on it. This means that the Ravens can’t continue to leave running backs uncovered and uncrowded as receivers out of the backfield. This means that the cornerbacks have to be physical with the Steelers receivers and that soft zone coverage isn’t going to cut it in this one. Don Martindale should focus on knocking the timing off for this offense. That’s something the Bengals certainly didn’t do in the Steelers’ only win of the season.
Scoring points, not just moving the ball: Defensive blunders allowed the Ravens’ offense to avoid most of the criticism from the Browns game. That being said, there has been a common theme in the two game losing streak, leaving points on the field. The Ravens have moved the ball well in each game of the season however against the Chiefs and the Browns they didn’t take advantage of all their chances to score. The Ravens have to continue to shine offensively they just have to focus on getting into the end zone.