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12-05-2010, 09:38 AM
Breaking down Steelers vs. Ravens
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_712326.html#
By Mark Kaboly
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, December 5, 2010

3 REASON WHY THE STEELERS WILL WIN

1) Ben Roethlisberger The Steelers are 7-2 when Roethlisberger plays against the Ravens and 0-3 without him. Roethlisberger has 14 touchdowns, eight interceptions and an 84.0 passer rating against the Ravens over his career.

2) James Farrior Farrior has played some of his best football recently, but still has trouble covering speedy backs out of the backfield. Farrior will be assigned to follow running back Ray Rice when he slips into the pass pattern.

3) Rashard Mendenhall Especially if Roethlisberger is limited, Mendenhall is going to play a big role in moving the offense. He is coming off 151-yard game last week against the Bills. He didn't break 80 yards in the first meeting.

3 REASONS WHY THE STEELERS WILL LOSE

1) Ben Roethlisberger Whether Roethlisberger's foot is broken or not, it won't be anywhere near 100 percent and that could present a myriad of problems for a fragile offense that could cost them the game.

2) Haloti Ngata Ngata was very disruptive in the first meeting between the two. He led the Ravens with 11 tackles, had a sack and a pair of tackles for losses and quarterback hits.

3) Derrick Mason Mason caught 6 passes for 80 yards in the first meeting and always has been good against the Steelers. Mason has had at least six catches in six of the past seven games against the Steelers.

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