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Know Your Steelers’ Enemy: Week 14 vs. the Ravens

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You know the usual suspects well, but get a closer look at this week's opponent...the Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens are mostly well known to Steelers Nation. With the Steelers hosting their divisional foe in a game that’s crucial in different ways for each squad when it comes to playoff positioning. Here’s a good opportunity to get to know the Ravens of Baltimore better.

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COACHES

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg

Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees

Special Teams Coach: Jerry Rosburg

OFFENSE

*No. 5 QB Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco must have another hunger-level that he rises to when he sees hypocycloids on helmeys. He might be having his worst year ever, but then everything changes when he lines up opposite the Steelers. Joe is having quite an ordinary season so far with 11 TDs versus 12 interceptions and 2,144 yards. Flacco's completion percentage is 65.1% and he completes a lot of the short stuff. But against Detroit last week, Flacco completed 10 of 12 passes more than ten yards downfield.

Other Ravens Quarterbacks to Note: No. 15 Ryan Mallett

*No. 34 RB Alex Collins

With 705 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry, the former Seahawk is the 11th-ranked rusher in the league. Against Pittsburgh in Week 4, Collins had 82 yards in nine attempts and broke off a long one. Collins is a consistent runner who can find open field easily. On December 5th, it was reported that Collins was experiencing migraines leaving his status uncertain, but he’s expected to play five days later.

Other Ravens Running Backs to Note: No. 39 Danny Woodhead, No. 37 Javorious Allen, No. 28 Terrance West

*No. 17 WR Mike Wallace

The fourth-leading receiver with 34 catches for 487 yards and three touchdowns is no stranger to Steelers Nation. Wallace has come on lately and he can still blaze like he did in Pittsburgh.

Other Ravens Wide Receivers to Note: *No. 18 Jeremy Maclin, *No. 11 Breshad Permian, No. 12 Michael Campanaro, No. 10 Chris Moore

*No. 82 TE Benjamin Watson

Watson has been around a long time and finds himself as the leader in catches in Charm City with 45 receptions and three scores. Watson is a reliable and safe target for Flacco, who has a nice short game.

Other Ravens Tight Ends to Note: No. 86 Nick Boyle, No. 87 Maxx Williams, No. 88 Vince Mayle

*No. 79 LT Ronnie Stanley

Stanley has allowed quite a few QB pressures in 2017, but the big LT from Notre Dame is buckling down lately and emerging as a quality blindside protector. The matchup between T.J. Watt and the 6'6" and 320 lb Stanley could be a good one.

Other Ravens Offensive Linemen to Note: *No. 74 LG James Hurst, *No. 66 C Jensen Ryan, *No 68 RG Matt Sakura, No. 71 RG Jermaine Eluemunor, *No. 78 RT Austin Howard, No. 74 T James Hurst, No. 76 T Maurquice Shakir, No. 70 G Andew Donnal, No. 61 C Luke Bowanko,

DEFENSE

*No. 98 DT Brandon Williams

Williams missed the first game against the Steelers and he was sorely missed by Baltimore. He's very strong and stout, clogging rushing lanes and using leverage to get by pass-blockers. One of the AFC's best. Will be a handful.

Other Ravens Defensive Linemen to Note: *No. 97 NT Michael Pierce, No. 69 DE Willie Henry, *No. 94 DE 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 linebacker plays with a chip on his shoulder against the Steelers with 47 tackles and 22 assists in eight games. So far in 2017, the two-time Pro Bowler has a stat line of 101 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended, a sack and a TD. A gimpy ankle, though, might keep Mosley out (he didn't practice on Wednesday). If so, OLB Terrell Suggs is still a destructive force in his 15th year.

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. 58 LB Steven Johnson

*No. 32 SS Eric Weddle

The bearded wonder saw his play dip in mid-season, but Weddle has been solid lately. The former Charger is toughness personified. Weddle is a leader who plays with passion and hits like a truck in the secondary. No. 32 has five interceptions in 2017.

Other Ravens Defensive Backs to Note: No. 22 CB Jimmy Smith (IR), *No. 24 CB Brandon Carr, *No. 23 S Tony Jefferson, No. 21 S Ladarius Webb, No. 29 CB Marlon Humphrey, No. 41 S Anthony Levine, No. 43 CB Jaylen Hill, No. 36 S Chuck Clark, *No. 26 CB Maurice Canaday

SPECIAL TEAMS

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 double your money in the bank. This season, Tucker is 26 of 29 and he shines against the Black-and-gold with 32 makes and only two misses.

Other Ravens Special Teamers to Note: No. 4 P/H Sam Koch, No. 46 LS Morgan Cox, No. 12 PR Michael Campanaro, No. 10 KR Chris Moore