The Steelers face an all-too-familiar foe on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium—the NFL's version of the Cantina scene in Star Wars. The 2-1 Ravens were embarrassed last week in London 44-7 at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars. How they respond in the aftermath of this blowout is anybody's guess. Together, let's take a look at the Baltimore Ravens, position by position.
*No. 5 QB Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco could be having his worst year ever and then everything changes when he lines up opposite the Steelers. Joe is having his most ordinary season so far with three TDs versus four interceptions. Flacco's completion percentage is 60.9% and his passing attack is ranked last in the league. I wonder if No. 5 is still experiencing trouble with his back. He’s barely thrown deep at all. 32 of his 42 completions have gone to running backs and tight ends. Plus, his protection is beat up as well. The Steelers will have to focus on the short stuff.
Other Ravens Quarterbacks to Note: No. 15 Ryan Mallett
No. 28 RB Terrance West
This is more of a running game by committee for the Ravens. West has 24 less yards and ten less carries than Allen, but he’s got two TDs and a better YPC of 3.9 versus 3.5 for Allen. West is a compact power runner with the ability to slash and cut. The Steelers will see a lot of the Baltimore product and the other two as well.
Other Ravens Running Backs to Note: *No. 37 Javorious Allen, No. 34 Alex Collins, No. 42 FB Patrick Richard
*No. 18 WR Jeremy Maclin
The former Kansas City Chief is the team's third-leading receiver (first at the WR position) with seven catches but two scores. Maclin and Mike Wallace still have enough speed to make defenses pay.
Other Ravens Wide Receivers to Note: *No. 17 Mike Wallace, *No. 11 Breshad Permian, No. 12 Michael Campanaro, No. 10 Chris Moore, No. 13 Chris Matthews
No. 82 TE Benjamin Watson
The Ravens throw to their tight ends a lot. Twenty of their 48 completions have gone to Watson, Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams. Although not always the starter, the cagey veteran from Georgia leads the team with 11 receptions. He’s nursing a calf injury, but is still expected to play on Sunday. Williams is already listed as being out for the game.
Other Ravens Tight Ends to Note: *No. 86 Nick Boyle, No. 87 Maxx Williams (out)
*No. 79 LT Ronnie Stanley
The Ravens lost the heart of their line when Marshall Yanda went down, but Stanley has the talent and intelligence to anchor the line. At 6'6" and 320 lbs., the golden domer from Notre Dame is quick for his size and blocks the run and pass well. The Ravens have allowed Flacco to be sacked five times, so Stanley will need to seize control of the offensive line.
Other Ravens Offensive Linemen to Note: *No. 74 LG James Hurst, *No. 66 C Jensen Ryan, No. 68 RG Matt Skura, No. 71 RG Jermaine Eluemunor, *No. 78 RT Austin Howard, No. 74 T James Hurst, No. G Tony Bergstrom, No. 78 T Dieugot Joseph, No. 61 C Luke Bowanko
*No. 97 NT Michael Pierce
The dominant DT Brandon Williams is out against the Steelers, but second-year man Michael Pierce is a very suitable replacement to pick up the slack. With both Williams and Brent Urban out, Le'Veon Bell has an opportunity to get back on track in a big way this week. But Pierce has a wide body, takes on blockers and makes plays. He may be alone on an island this week though.
Other Ravens Defensive Linemen to Note: No. 96 DE Brent Urban (out), No. 69 DE Willie Henry, No. 94 NT Carl Davis, *No. 92 DE Bronson Kaufusi, No. 93 DT Chris Wormley
*No. 57 MLB CJ Mosley
Mosley is probably the most complete defender on the Ravens. The Alabama product saw Ryan Shazier go right before him to Pittsburgh and plays with a chip on his shoulder against the Steelers with 32 tackles in six games. So far in 2017, Mosley is averaging seven per game.
Other Ravens Linebackers to Note: *No. 51 SLB Kamalei Correa, *No. 55 Rush LB Terrell Suggs, *No. 99 WLB Matt Judon, No. 90 LB Za'Darius Smith, No. 48 LB Patrick Onwuasor, No. 54 LB Tyus Bowser, No. 56 LB Tim Williams
*No. 32 SS Eric Weddle
Weddle is ageless it seems. Toughness personified, Weddle is a leader that plays with passion and hits like a truck in the secondary. No. 32 has ten tackles in 2017.
Other Ravens Defensive Backs to Note: *No. 22 Jimmy Smith, *No. 24 Brandon Carr, *No. 23 Tony Jefferson, No. 21 Ladarius Webb, No. 29 Marlon Humphrey, No. 33 Tony McRae, No. 41 Anthony Levine, No. 43 Jaylen Hill (out), No. 36 Chuck Clark
*No. 9 K Justin Tucker
Tucker is one of the most reliable kickers the NFL has ever seen. Against the Steelers, No. 9 is long-distance money in the bank. This season, Tucker is only three for four, but he shines against the Black-and-gold.
Other Ravens Special Teamers to Note: *No. 4 P/H Sam Koch, *No. 46 LS Morgan Cox, *No. 12 PR Michael Campanaro, No. 34 Alex Collins, No. 10 KR Chris Moore