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Week 4 Preview: Steelers vs Ravens

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In what has become the best football rivalry over the last decade, it doesn’t appear to have fallen off as week 4 approaches. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers each took embarrassing losses in week 3 to teams that are mediocre at best, but showed that the true contenders need to step up and be counted. The Ravens sported the best defense in the league for the first two weeks of the season, forcing 10 turnovers, and only allowing 10 points, before surrendering 44 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers lost to the lowly Bears due to untimely penalties and allowing too many big plays to the Bears.

How The Steelers Win:

It’s not hard to create a victory formula when you have Big Ben, Bell and Antonio Brown, and they’re going to need this trio to play their best football to beat the Ravens. Big Ben’s ability to extend plays has paid huge dividends in the past against the Ravens, and the match-up of Ben against Suggs will be fun to watch. If Brandon Williams of the Ravens is not able to play this Sunday, the Steelers will expose the middle of the Ravens line early and often. The X-factors for this offense will be the other wide outs, such as: Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster, as Jimmy Smith will be all over Brown.

How The Ravens Win:

The beating the Ravens took at the hand of the Jaguars was the worst in the team’s history, and all a team wants to do is after a performance like that is get right back out there and redeem themselves. However, the injuries are mounting against them as Brent Urban is now out for the year and Brandon Williams has not practiced all week. The interior of the Ravens offensive and defensive lines are vulnerable, and could spell trouble on both sides of the ball as the Ravens offense has yet to put together a complete game. Joe Flacco is going to be the X-factor on Sunday; this team goes as he goes, and if he doesn’t show up, the Ravens are doomed.

Prediction:

Steelers – 24   Ravens – 16

Photo Credit: SI.com

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