I'm *slightly* worried that Ray Rice is apparently healthy and will be available for the Ravens. I think he offers their offense a little extra dimension in the running game - but I expect LeBeau/Tomlin to be thoroughly prepared for it.
He's a RC RB (
) but he was productive early on.
My expectations for this game? I think Flacco implodes. I think the Steelers either get a lucky break or just come out gunning and get up by 10 or more by the mid-2nd quarter. Then the Ravens will find it harder to protect Flacco, he'll have to put it in the air, and the mistakes will come in bunches before he settles down again and Balty gets a couple of late scores to bring it closer.
So, my pick is Steelers 26-17, with the Ravens scoring 10 points in the last 7 minutes or so.
Ben: 18 of 32, 259 yards, 2 TDs (with one of 45 or more yards) and 0 INTs, though maybe a fumble. Sacked 3 times.
Parker: 24 carries, 85 yards
Moore: 8 carries, 42 yards, 4 catches for 35
Washington: 3 catches, 94 yards, TD
Miller: 6 catches, 65 yards
Holmes: 2 catches, 24 yards, TD
Ward: 3 catches, 41 yards
Flacco: 23 of 40, 278 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, sacked 5 times, 2 fumbles lost.
McClain: 11 carries, 25 yards
McGahee: 8 carries, 10 yards
Rice: 6 carries, 21 yards