As I am sure all of you are aware, the media is high on the Steelers again. I don't know about you guys but I liked it the other way when every media outlet, talking head, etc... thought the Steelers were old, slow, and done. Although I thought the Steelers had a good chance to pull out a win this past Sunday. I still find myself feeling antsy with all this new found attention that comes with beating a top tier team. But the greater challenge is this Sunday. We face the Ravens in a classic divisional rivalry game. Both teams know what the other is going to do and it is a matter of execution. Here are some key points.
STOPPING RAY RICE:
Our secondary is red hot right now and I feel confident in our ability to limit the effectiveness of the Ravens through the air. That being said, what we really need to clamp down on is Ray Rice. Last game we played he gouged us for 107 yards on the ground and 42 in the air. That is unacceptable. I feel confident in our front line's ability to stop him. Although we are going to certainly miss Wood if he ends up sitting, we have young capable guys to step up. It is crucial that we limit his yards and force Flacco to throw the ball to beat us.
Big Ben has to have a big game. That means no turnovers, the receivers have to be on the same page as Ben and we have to be good on third down. I would love to see the offense just continue on from last week but make improvements such as better efficiency in the redzone. But the Ravens' defense is number one overall and 3rd in both the pass and the run. This is significantly better than the Patriots. Ben needs to be good...really good.
In the end, I think we have to grind out this win. It won't be easy or pretty for that matter. This game is going to be gritty and a defensive battle until one team blinks. That being said, I feel confident in our coaching staff and players to pull out the win and get the split.
Of course this is just my humble opinion, feel free to disagree.