Steelers vs. Ravens Game Day Primer

Street Talk Steelers vs. Ravens Game Day Primer

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It’s kind of redundant to say Steelers vs. Ravens is a big game. The words “Steelers vs. Ravens” have come to define the very meaning of the phrase. Just saying it makes your spine tingle and your palms clench into a fist. 

Every time these two AFC rivals tangle there is something on the line. It’s not always about the top spot in the division or a seeding in the playoffs, but this time it’s about both. Can a fan really ask for more than this in a prime time night game in December?

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 17-12. The teams have split the last 16 games since 2003 and the Ravens have gone 6-1 at home against the Steelers during that time. In the last meeting earlier this season in Pittsburgh on October 3rd, Joe Flacco threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to WR T.J Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds left to seal a 17-14 Ravens victory.

Don’t let the news about Ben Roethlisberger’s foot give you a false sense of confidence. Big Ben has a 7-2 record against Baltimore and has won his last five starts versus the Ravens. Joe Flacco has yet to defeat the Steelers when Roethlisberger is the starting QB.

Below you will find player and team stats comparisons. Check back here each week for the BTN Game Day Primer.

GAME 12

Statistic

Steelers

Ravens

Record

8-3

8-3

Home

3-2

5-0

Away

5-1

3-3

Streak

Won 2

Won 2

Team Leaders

Passing

Ben Roethlisberger

Joe Flacco

Comp / Att / Pct.

137 / 220 / 62.3%

231 / 365 / 63.3%

TD / Int / Yards / Rating

12 / 4 / 1825 / 99.1

18 / 8 / 2722 / 93.2

Rushing

Rashard Mendenhall

Ray Rice

Att / Yards / Avg. / TD / Fum

238 / 962 / 4.0 / 9 / 2

204 / 815 / 4.0 / 3 / 0

Receiving

Mike Wallace

Anquan Boldin

Rec / Yards / Avg. / TD

36 / 792 / 22.0 / 8

51 / 652 / 12.8 / 6

Hines Ward

Derrick Mason

Rec / Yards / Avg. / TD

40 / 510 / 12.8 / 4

45 / 576 / 12.8 / 4

Tackling

Lawrence Timmons

Ray Lewis

Total / Sack / Int

97 / 3 / 2

95 / 2 / 2

James Farrior

Dawan Landry

Total / Sack / Int

76 / 3 / 0

71 / 1 / 0

James Harrison

Terrell Suggs

Total / Sack / Int

75 / 10 / 2

50 / 8 / 0

Special Teams

Kicking

Shaun Suisham **

Billy Cundiff

PATs / FGM-FGA / Pct. / Long

6-6 / 4-4 / 100% / 48

28-28 / 18-21 / 85.7% / 51

Punting

Daniel Sepulveda

Sam Koch

Punts / Yards / Avg. / Inside 20

53 / 2417 / 45.6 / 15

53 / 2308 / 43.6 / 26

Team Stats

Steelers

Ravens

Offense

Points Per game

23.1

22.7

Total Yards /  game

334.5

348.3

Pass Yards / game

208.5

233.9

Rush Yards / game

126.0

114.4

3rd Down %

40.8

38.9%

Time of Possession

31:48

32:20

Red Zone %

48.4%

45.9%

Turnovers (Int / Fum)

15 (8 / 7)

16 (8 / 8)

Defense

Steelers

Ravens

Points Per game

16.5

17.1

Total Yards /  game

304.5

307.4

Pass Yards / game

240.5

205.6

Rush Yards / game

64.0

101.8

3rd Down %

33.8%

36.5%

Sacks

32

19

Interceptions

14

10

Forced Fumbles

17

5

** Shaun Suisham did not begin the season with the Steelers; he took over for Jeff Reed in game 10.
 

 

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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980’s. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real “411” on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.
 

Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK’s fine contributions.
 

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