The Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in what will be another game between the two rivals where the records will have no impact on the game, but the physicality will take its toll. Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco is definitely going to have to take one under the chin. But to take less pressure off of Flacco, tight ends in Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark have to show up all day on Sunday.
Dickson and Clark are not perfect at this point in time, but they both have to do just enough to keep the Steelers’ pass rush honest to help aid an offensive line that has allowed Flacco to be hit 36 times, which is the 10th most in the NFL. Quick slants and screens are a must. The Ravens should substitute the lack of a running game with a short passing game, which in turn should keep Flacco fresh.
I know the Steelers’ defense has had their issues getting sacks, forcing turnovers, stopping the run and just the lack of imposing their will on opposing offenses. But the Ravens’ offense this season has found a way to make almost every defense they have faced this season look like the 2000 Ravens’ defense. There are no secrets in this game. The Ravens and the Steelers know what they are going to see.
All of the struggles the Ravens have had this season in the passing game, and in the running game should not and better not be an excuse not to come out of this week with a win. Both teams have issues coming into this game. It will just be a matter of which team disguises their problems better.
It’s not going to be a pretty game.
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