The biggest game of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 campaign awaits them on Sunday afternoon when they will face off against their divisional rivals who are currently occupying first place in the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens for the second time in three weeks. Last time the two teams met Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out due to shoulder and rib injuries that he suffered in a 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and this time it seems as if the Pro Bowl signal caller won’t suit up either because of the same aliments.
The Steelers are likely to be down to their third string quarterback Charlie Batch again due to the injury which backup signal caller Byron Leftwich endured during the last meeting against the Ravens. If this is so then it won’t bode well for the Steelers one bit. Since Big Ben’s rookie season in 2004 the Steelers are 9-4 against the ravens in games that Roethlisberger starts in but are 0-6 in games which he doesn’t.
Roethlisberger had the following to say regarding his injury and the prospects of him playing on Sunday: “Can I put a lot of zip on the ball, throw it really hard before people like Ed Reed and defenders can get to the ball?” Roethlisberger said. “If I can’t I’m not putting us in the best situation to win the game. We’ve had people talk about last year in San Francisco, if I would have rested maybe I would have been better off the next couple games, but to me, I live for the here and now. I’m going to do everything I can to be out there and if it doesn’t work then I’ll do what I can about the next week.”
One thing is for certain the Steelers need to find a way to win against Baltimore with or without Roethlisberger because if they don’t they win sit three games behind them in the division with four remaining in the season.