Baltimore Ravens: Five Biggest Matchups vs. Steelers

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Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele (72) blocks Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens Rushing Game vs Steelers Front Seven

This is also one of the most important matchups of the game for many reasons. In Week 2, the Ravens ran for 157 yards on 36 carries. The primary stat that led to the Ravens’ victory was time of possession. The Ravens had the ball for 35:08 — a little over ten minutes more than the Steelers.

The offensive line absolutely dominated the Week 2 battle. They dominated in the run game as well as pass protection and did not allow a sack. When the Ravens run well and have a balanced offense, they win games … a pretty simple formula. The Steelers’ front seven is not what it used to be,but they are ranked 11th in rushing yards allowed.

The Steelers’ offense is firing on all cylinders, and to help aid the defense, the Ravens will need to chew up some clock. If the Ravens can run the ball efficiently and keep the defense off the field, they will have a good shot to repeat what they did in Week 2.