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Know Your Steelers Enemy: Week 9 vs. the Baltimore Ravens

Get reacquainted with a familiar enemy on the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule. The Baltimore Ravens.

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Truthfully, I don't know if there's a better-known enemy for the Pittsburgh Steelers than the Baltimore Ravens. It's a rivalry that resembles Yankees/Red Sox, Real Madrid/Barcelona, Michigan/Ohio State and Duke/North Carolina. These teams and fan bases loathe one another and another hate-filled chapter will be written on Sunday. Look for these names and numbers to direct your clever collections of cuss words towards.


HC-John Harbaugh

Residing in the state of Maryland, I'm not really even sure how much the Baltimore fans even like this guy. But the bottom line is that he won them a championship, can get a lot out of a little and knows how to fire his team up to play and beat the Steelers in recent times. Harbaugh, 3-4 on the year, is 10-9 (including playoffs) all-time versus his bitter enemies.

Some Other Ravens Coaches to know: OC-Does it really matter, Harbaugh seems to fire almost every OC that has coached under him. But for those that care, it is Marty Mornhinweg, DC Dean Pees.


QB-No. 5 Joe Flacco

He's Joe Flacco...and he's not an elite quarterback, unless he's playing the Steelers. Then he seems like Unitas risen from the dead with Frankenstein's eyebrows and Bert from Sesame Street's long head. Against the Steelers, he may only have an 8-7 record, but he has thrown 18 touchdowns against seven picks. Flacco throws an exceptional deep ball and he now has deep threats Mke Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken at his disposal, making him even more dangerous. This year, Flacco has five touchdowns opposite his six interceptions and has thrown for 1,837 yards and a 61.4 completion percentage. It has also been speculated that he is not fully healed from last year's knee injury. But against Pittsburgh, Flacco always brings his A-Game.

Some Other Ravens Quarterbacks to know: No. 15 Ryan Mallett

Wide Receiver

No. 17 Mike Wallace

I'm sure most of you will regurgitate Mike Tomlin's "one trick pony" label from a few year's back, but even Tomlin recognizes that Wallace has become more of a complete receiver and a better route runner since joining Baltimore. I'm sure Wallace had this game circled on his calendar and will be barking for the ball in the huddle. The Steeler secondary will have their hands full with Wallace (35 receptions/490 yards/3 TD) and the stable of Raven wideouts.

Some Other Ravens Receivers to know: No. 89 Steve Smith Sr., No. 11 Kamar Aiken, No. 18 Breshad Perriman

Running Back

No. 28 Terrance West

After surrendering 204 yards to Miami's Jay Ajayi and 127 to LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers expect Cam Heyward's return to bolster their rushing defense. West, the local kid drafted out of Towson, has had a solid season for his hometown team by rushing for 424 yards and 4.4 YPC. He has been hampered by an ankle injury, but is listed as probable.

Some Other Ravens Running Backs to know: No. 34 Lorenzo Taliaferro, No. 44 Kyle Juszczyk

Tight Ends

No. 88 Dennis Pitta

Pitta has not been fully-healthy since 2012, but he's a dangerous weapon and chain-mover for Joe Flacco. Pitta has 335 yards on 38 catches in 2016. The 6'4" TE from BYU has 12 career receptions against the Steelers and is the kind of offensive threat that they need to key on.

Some Other Ravens Tight Ends to know: No. 84 Darren Waller, No. 80 Crockett Gillmore

Offensive Line

LT- No. 73 Marshall Yanda

Downright physical and nasty, Yanda's return from injury greatly strengthens protection in Baltimore. A Pro-Bowler the previous five seasons, the ten-year vet will line up opposite of Stephon Tuitt.

Some Other Ravens Offensive Linemen to know: No. 53 C Jeremy Zuttah, No. 64 G John Urschel, No. 71 RT Rick Wagner, No. 72 LG Alex Lewis, No. 79 RT Ronnie Stanley

Front Seven

No. 93- NT Brandon Williams

Williams is powerful, athletic and quick for a big guy. He moves all around and is tough to block. Williams, 6'1 and 340 lbs., has 20 tackles and a sack this year.

No. 57 LB CJ Mosley

Mosley is the quarterback of the Baltimore defense. He excels in all situations. He plays the run and pass very well, evidenced by his 29 tackles and 3 sacks on the year. Although not the legend and verbal standout that is Suggs, Mosley is the new heart and soul of the Baltimore defense.

Some Other Ravens Front Seven to know: No 50 LB Albert McClellan, No. 54 ILB Zachary Orr, No. 55 OLB Terrell Suggs, No. 90 LB Za'Darius Smith, No. 93 DL Lawrence Guy, No. 99 DL Timmy Jernigan


No. 22-RCB Jimmy Smith

In 7 starts this season, Smith doesn't have any picks and has one pass defense. However, the 6'2" Smith is a physical press-coverage corner and the best cover man on the Ravens. The Ravens are keeping quiet on who will be trying to contain Brown, but it would not be a surprise if they kept Smith on AB, especially with Shareece Wrght's status uncertain.

Some Other Ravens DBs to know: No. 21 FS Ladarius Webb, No. 24 LCB Shareece Wright, No. 32 SS Eric Weddle, No. 41 Anthony Levine Sr.

Special Teams

No. 14 KR/PR Devin Hester Sr.

This guy scares me. If he is past his prime, than washed-up still means that you lead the league in yards-per-return at 28.8. If Hester gets in the clear, he will not be caught.

Some Other Ravens Special Teamers to know: No. 4 P Sam Koch, No. 9 K Justin Tucker, No. 46 LS Morgan Cox