Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. In case you haven't heard, the Ravens play the
MV: What are your expectations for quarterback
EB: He's played well in the preseason. And when he was getting ready to start in 2010 when Ben was suspended, he was having a real good preseason, I thought, then he got hurt and didn't play. But this guy is a big-time quarterback. He's no longer a franchise quarterback or an elite guy like Ben, but I still think he can do it. So my expectations are that the quarterback position is going to be OK.
MV: Like the Ravens, the Steelers had to answer questions before the season about how people say their defense is old and they were falling apart and all that. But the Steelers defense is tops in the league in total yards allowed right now. How were they able to stabilize themselves after a sluggish start and get where they are now?
EB: I think there’s a couple of things going on there. They’re tops in yards allowed, but they don’t make the big plays like they used to. They have five interceptions, four fumble recoveries. So that’s nine turnovers. They’re just not getting the turnovers like they used to. But what’s helped is that they got some people healthy like [linebacker]
MV: With running back
EB: They said they would go with the hot hand then the plan last week was every two series switch between Dwyer and
MV: Who is the bigger concern for the Steelers defense: quarterback
EB: They always, always, always, as long as I've covered this team, have said that stopping the run is the most important thing on their agenda. And so I would say stop Ray Rice.
MV: The Ravens talked opening in the past about wanting to build a team that could beat the Steelers. They won the season series for the first time in a while last season. Do you get the sense that the Steelers have extra motivation, beyond the implications to their title hopes, to settle the score against the Ravens?