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Old 09-07-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Steelers vs Ravens Matchups

Ravens O-line vs Steelers D-line: Michael Oher moving to RT will have his hands full with Woodley all game. Bryant McKinnie who is not what he used to be nor in great game shape yet vs James Harrison whose coming off the back problems. Not sure about this matchup but im guessing James will get the better of him. The 3 interior linemen(Grubbs,Birk,Yanda) will have plenty of pressure to deal with from smith hampton and keisel as well as some ziggy hood. Edge: Steelers

Steelers O-line Vs Ravens D-line: Not sure is Ngata or Cody is starting at NT but whoever starts should be held in check by Pouncey assuming he plays. The worst matchup is going to be J.Scott attempting to block Suggs, which we all know will result in Suggs dominating him and getting pressure on Ben. Unless Scott plays out of this world Edge: Baltimore

Steelers WR's vs Ravens DB's: Wallace Ward Sanders and Brown will be able to get open against the subpar secondary of the Ravens(Foxworth,Williams,Zbikowski and the aging Ed Reed) Edge: Steelers

Ravens WR's vs Steelers DB's: Ike Taylor will most likely be lined up with Boldin and to me thats a draw. McFadden will then be lined up against lee evans and i doubt mcfadden can keep up with the speedy evans, but hopefully the front 7 doesnt give flacco time to scan the field. That leaves Gay covering the slot which it doesnt matter who it is, that guy will be catching passes all day. But with our wild card Polamalu back there who can make a game changing play at any time im giving the egde to the black and gold.

As usual its going to be a defensive battle. Hoping Arians cuts ben loose and airs it out against an iffy baltimore secondary and we can take an early division lead.
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