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5 Baltimore Ravens Players That Need To Step Up In Week 13 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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5 Baltimore Ravens Players That Need To Step Up In Week 13 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitch Stringer-USA Today Sports

It’s that time for another edition of five Baltimore Ravens players that need to step up. This week is a special Thanksgiving edition seeing as the Ravens are playing this Thanksgiving night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. What special treats await for my Thanksgiving special? Absolutely nothing; in fact this will be no different than any other week. Okay, maybe I’ll throw in a few turkey jokes, but no promises. Anyway, let’s see how I did last week.

In Week 12 I had Joe Flacco, Tandon Doss, Ray Rice, James Ihedigbo, and Terrell Suggs as my five players that needed to step up against the New York Jets. Flacco played one of his best games of the season in my opinion. His stats weren’t too gaudy, but he made plays when they needed to be made. Quite a few times Flacco was flushed out of the pocket and made something out of nothing. Flacco also got his sexy back in this game, and what I mean by that is the long ball, his specialty. A 60-yard bomb to Torrey Smith early on that led to a field goal and of course the dagger 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones. It’s an encouraging sign for the Ravens because the long ball is their best option for putting points on the board, and nobody has the arm that Flacco does.

The following five players will need to step it up this week in this crucial game against the hated Steelers. Enjoy the show and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google

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5. Joe Flacco

Jason Bridge-USA Today Sports

I had to put Flacco in here, especially after unintentionally putting himself on the spot about his dislike for the wildcat offense. Many pundits are saying that a game of this magnitude is what the Ravens are paying him all that money for. I semi agree because I think last year's Super Bowl title was priceless, but as far as regular season games go this is definitely the biggest one since the new contract. It's time to see last year's playoff Flacco as opposed to any game this year Flacco.

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4. Jacoby Jones

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Sometimes all it takes is one big play like the big 66-yard TD catch I mentioned earlier. Or maybe say a punt return TD -- Jones had one of those against the Steelers last year which was the difference. Jones should have had that one big play in the Week 7 loss to Pittsburgh. The ball was underthrown, but Jones could have jumped up for it and given the Ravens a first-and-goal. I'm feeling that one big play from Jones this week./p>

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3. Daryl Smith

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The Ravens did not do the best job of stopping Steelers rookie RB LeVeon Bell in the first matchup. Daryl Smith and company will have to do a better job containing him this time. Smith will also be responsible for covering long time Raven killer Heath Miller. Miller ran wild against the Ravens last year, and the inability to stop him made things extremely difficult. Hopefully Smith can serve up a nice side of stuffing (see I told you I'd get a Thanksgiving joke in).

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2. Lardarius Webb

Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

Turns out that Antonio Brown guy is pretty good. Of course I already knew that seeing as he's the who caught a third-and-19 conversion on his helmet in the nightmarish 2010 Divisional Playoff game. Lardarius Webb will likely line up on Brown for a good chunk of the game. Sounds like the perfect set up for an ESPN talking head cliché. If the Ravens can shut down Brown then they probably have a good chance at winning the game. Touché ESPN talking head.

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1. Justin Tucker

Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

When the Ravens and Steelers play the games usually come down to three points, right? Which means this game could come down to a final field goal, right? There will probably be some nasty cold elements going on in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, right? Justin Tucker has proved he can make clutch kicks in such elements, and he could have his number called at the end of the game.