Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) At Baltimore Ravens (8-3): NFL Week 13 Game Capsules

I've already outlined why I couldn't be more excited for Sunday night's matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Let's take a look at a few trends, facts and figures about the two teams' series history, as well as other preview notes and up-to-date season stats for both squads.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-3)

SERIES

 

STEELERS

RAVENS

SERIES LEADER

17-12

 

STREAKS

3 of past 5 overall

6 of past 7 at home

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 5-3

Harbaugh: 2-4

LAST WEEK

W 19-16 at Bills (OT)

W 17-10 vs. Buccaneers

LAST GAME

10/3/10: Ravens 17 at Steelers 14. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco completes game-winning 18-yard TD pass to WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining in 4th quarter.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/29/09: Ravens 20, Steelers 17 (OT). Flacco passes for 289 yards & throws 10-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Mason as Baltimore outlasts Pittsburgh in OT.

BROADCAST

NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Sean Landeta (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 127 (WW1), 125 (Pit.), 126 (Bal.). XM: 104 (WW1), 102 (Pit.), 103 (Bal.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 137-220-1,825-12-4-99.1

Flacco: 231-365-2,722-18-8-93.2

RUSHING

Mendenhall: 238-962-4.0-9 (T3L)

Rice: 204-815-4.0-3

RECEIVING

Ward: 40-510-12.8-4

Boldin: 51-652-12.8-6

OFFENSE

334.5

348.3

TAKE/GIVE

+11 (T1C)

-2

DEFENSE

304.5 (3C)

307.4

SACKS

Harrison: 10 (T3L)

Suggs: 7.5

INTs

Polamalu: 4 (T2C)

E. Reed: 4 (T2C)

PUNTING

Sepulveda: 45.6 (3C)

Koch: 43.5

KICKING

Suisham: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/4 FG)

Cundiff: 82 (28/28 PAT; 18/21 FG)

 

NOTES

STEELERS

  • Club aims for 3rd consecutive win against Ravens in Dec...Steelers are 5-1 on road this season
  • Including postseason play, QB Ben Roethlisberger is 7-2 against Bal. & has 14 TDs vs. 8 INTs & 84.0 passer rating. Leads NFL w/ 122.2 4th-quarter passer rating this season.
  • RB Rashard Mendenhall (9) needs rush TD to become 5th RB in Steelers history to have 10+ rush TDs in single season. Mendenhall (962) needs 38 rush yards to reach 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Tied career-high w/ 2 rush TDs in last game vs. Bal.
  • WR Hines Ward posted 3rd 100-yard receiving game of season last week (107). Since '09, Pit. has 7-1 record when Ward has 100+ rec. yards. 
  • WR Mike Wallace averages 21.4 yards per catch vs. Ravens (5 rec., 107 rec. yards).
  • Defense is allowing league-low 64.0 rush yards per game this year.
  • S Troy Polamalu aims for 3rd straight game w/ INT & Pit. has 20-3 record (.870) when Polamalu has INT. 
  • LB James Harrison (10) is 1st Steeler to have 3 consecutive seasons w/ 10+ sacks.

 

RAVENS:

  • Club aims for 9th consecutive win at M&T Bank Stadium.
  • At home in '10, QB Joe Flacco has 10 TDs vs. 1 INT & 111.2 passer rating. Flacco has franchise record 53 career TD passes.
  • RB Ray Rice (158) needs 3 rec. to surpass Jamal Lewis (160) for most career rec. by Ravens RB in franchise history. Ranks 2nd in AFC among RBs w/ 47 catches (Arian Foster, 48) this season. Rice averages 90.6 rush yards per game at home in '10 (453 total).
  • WR Derrick Mason led team w/ 80 rec. yards in last game vs. Pit.
  •  WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught game-winning 18-yard TD pass in last game vs. Steelers.
  • TE Todd Heap has TD rec. in 2 of past 3 games.
  • Incl. postseason, LB Terrell Suggs has 11 career sacks against Steelers.
  • LB Ray Lewis had INT in last game against Pit.

There ya have it. Back at you here in a bit this evening.

Go Steelers!

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