Steelers vs. Ravens: Thursday Night is a Must-Win for Pittsburgh

By Ryan Heckman
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While we are all finishing what will probably be our third meal consisting of turkey, dinner rolls, green beans and stuffing on Thanksgiving, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be getting ready to take on the Baltimore Ravens in what is their biggest game of the season — by far.

At 5-6, both the Ravens and Steelers are sitting on the outside, just barely, looking into the playoff picture. With a win, either team would have a shot to move into that sixth spot with a Tennessee Titans loss next week. After starting the season 0-4, the Steelers have gone 5-2 since then and have appeared to be hitting their stride at just the right time.

With a loss, the Steelers would fall to 5-7 and could find themselves as many as two games out of the playoff picture depending on how the other teams in the hunt fare this weekend. The best way for the Steelers to assure themselves a win over Baltimore is going to be on by arm of Ben Roethlisberger.

The Ravens are currently 11th in the league against the pass and have gotten much better over the course of the season in comparison to how they started the year giving up seven touchdowns to Peyton Manning. Roethlisberger has been consistent this year; truly the rock of the franchise all season long.

Averaging the 8th-most passing yards each week at 262.2 per game, Roethlisberger and the Steelers are going to need another great performance through the air against Baltimore. The run game has been abysmal and Pittsburgh ranks 30th in the league in that category .Therefore, Roethlisberger is going to be the guy to win this one if Pittsburgh winds up coming out with the victory.

This game is definitely a must-win for Pittsburgh as I said previously, because of how many other teams are competing for that last spot. Each win and each loss, from here on out, could make or break the season for the Steelers.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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