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STEELERS PASS OFFENSE VS. RAVENS PASS DEFENSE
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing better football than at any point in his career. In the past two games, Roethlisberger, who has been aided by stability along the offensive line, has passed 89 times, completing 62 and throwing for five touchdowns compared with two interceptions. In his past four games, he has 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (above) is one the league's best deep threats, and he is complemented by veteran Hines Ward, young speedster Antonio Brown and veteran tight end Heath Miller. Emmanuel Sanders, another young Steelers receiver, will miss the game. The Ravens' pass defense has held quarterbacks to 174.1 yards per game, the third-lowest total in the NFL. Linebacker Terrell Suggs has sacked Roethlisberger 15.5 times, more than any other defender in the NFL. Three of those came in Week 1, when the Ravens defense harassed Roethlisberger into committing five of the Steelers' seven turnovers.
October 30, 2011