Pittsburgh Steelers Keys to Victory Over the Ravens
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The Pittsburgh Steelers Keys To Victory
No rivalry in the NFL is on the level of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. The two teams hate each other and play football the way the game is meant to be played: fast-paced and hard hitting. The games are almost always close, but there are a few keys the Steelers need to follow to earn a place in the AFC Championship game.
Have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers haven’t lost to Baltimore when Roethlisberger plays since Christmas Eve in 2006. Roethlisberger always seems to make big plays down the stretch against a stingy Ravens defense.
Limit the mistakes
I’d bet a lot of money that the team celebrating on Heinz Field at the end of this one is the team that commits less turnovers. Both defenses are fast and aggressive so fumbles and interceptions can be hard to avoid. Protecting the rock is a key to success in any Steelers/Ravens contest.
Shut down the Ravens new weapons
This game is the reason why the Ravens went out and signed a guy like Anquan Boldin. The Ravens passing attack against Pittsburgh in previous years has been pitiful. The Ravens need to attack Pittsburgh down the sidelines. There’s no way the Steelers will let the Ravens run the ball with any real success so stopping Flacco in the air is a big priority.
Polamalu outduels Reed
It is always a treat to watch two of the best safeties every to play the game. Polamalu has stolen the show in recent meetings between the two teams by making big plays. Can he do it one more time?
These games are typically low scoring and go undecided until late in the 4th quarter. Which team will blink and show their hand first? The Steelers need to remain patient and stick to their gameplan, especially on offense.