PASSING GAME: Quarterback
RUNNING GAME: Steelers coach
RUSH DEFENSE: The Ravens are 26th in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 128.5 yards per game. However, they've surrendered an average of 103.3 rushing yards the past four games and haven't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in three straight weeks. The Steelers rushed for 135 yards against them two weeks ago, but that was skewed by Leftwich's 31-yard touchdown run. The Ravens' top two tacklers — linebacker
PASS DEFENSE: After a stretch in which they had just five sacks over a five-game span, the Ravens have 12 sacks over the past three games. They had three against Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Linebacker
SPECIAL TEAMS: It would be surprising if the Steelers give
INTANGIBLES: The Ravens have turned the tables on their longtime rivals, beating them three straight times. With a victory, the Ravens would secure their third regular-season sweep over Pittsburgh and clinch the
PASSING GAME: In two games since
RUNNING GAME: After watching all four of his backs lose fumbles in a horrific 20-14 loss to the
RUSH DEFENSE: This is again one of the Steelers' strengths as they have held opponents to 91.5 rushing yards per game, tied for fifth in the NFL, and seven touchdowns. They have allowed more than 100 rushing yards just twice in their past eight games and held the Ravens to a paltry 2 yards per carry two weeks ago. Defensive tackle
PASS DEFENSE: The Steelers might not have skilled pass rusher
SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker
INTANGIBLES: The Steelers come to Baltimore with the look of a reeling team. They've lost two straight games, they're 2-4 on the road this season and their offense continues to look punchless and mistake-prone without Roethlisberger. However, the Steelers have turned things around before and won't be intimidated by playing at M&T Bank Stadium. They were the last visiting team to win there, beating the Ravens, 13-10, in December 2010.
PREDICTION: Regardless of who is under center, the Steelers are a dangerous team and have the NFL's top-ranked defense. Ten of the past 12 meetings between the two rivals have been one-possession games, and seven have been decided by a field goal. It would hardly be surprising if this chapter were to come down to the final possession. But without a healthy Roethlisberger, it's hard to envision the Steelers breaking the Ravens' 16-game home winning streak (including the postseason).