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10-03-2010, 12:57 AM

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Breaking down Steelers vs. Ravens

By Mark Kaboly
Sunday, October 3, 2010

3 reasons why the steelers will win

1) Rashard Mendenhall The Steelers don't have a good history of running the ball well against the Ravens, including Mendenhall. He's fourth in the league in rushing averaging 110 yards per game.

2) Mike Wallace Baltimore has had trouble in the past giving up the big play, and who in the league makes more big plays than Wallace? He averages 26.7 yards per catch and has receptions of 54, 46 and 41 yards.

3) Lawrence Timmons Timmons has been one of the most dynamic defenders in the league through three weeks. He leads the team with 33 tackles, and he has the speed to neutralize Ray Rice out of the backfield.

3 reasons why the steelers will lose

1) Haloti Ngata The 6-4, 350-pounder could very well be the most disruptive force in the NFL, and he's going against a relatively undersized rookie center in Maurkice Pouncey.

2) Ray Rice Rice, if he plays, can dominate games in a variety of ways. Against the Steelers last year, he rushed for 229 yards and caught six passes in the two games.

3) Anquan Boldin The Steelers don't allow receivers to get deep, but that isn't going to stop Boldin from trying. He caught eights passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns last week against the Browns.

Mark Kaboly can be reached at mkaboly@dailynewsemail.com or 412-664-9161.