AFC North powerhouses will meet for round 2 this week in Baltimore. There, the Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens for the second time in 3 weeks. The last meeting was won by Baltimore in a game that did not feature Ben Roethlisberger due to injury. Ben will not be in the game this week as well, but did start to practice a bit for the team this week. Baltimore is currently in first in the division while the Steelers are currently in position for a wildcard spot. This could be in some jeopardy, however, since the team has struggled without Ben in their games.
The Steelers are 6-5 on the year, but have lost two straight. Last week they lost 20-14 against the Cleveland Browns who have failed to have much luck against them since their return to Cleveland in 1999. The team forced 8 turnovers in all including making all of Pittsburgh’s running backs fumble. The loss puts the team in some jeopardy and will see them having to really sweat out this upcoming game against Baltimore.
Baltimore will enter as the home team this Sunday, and bring to the table a 9-2 record. The team has been shaky at times, but overall solid despite losing some key players on defense. They did get good news this week that Ray Lewis had been cleared to practice any day for the team and may play as early as next week. In this game, one of the best linebackers in the league will be the biggest cheerleader.