The game got off to a rough start as Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich scrambled for an early 31-yard TD but the Baltimore Ravens defense has shut them down since then and thanks to another Jacoby Jones Special Teams TD, the Ravens lead 10-7 at halftime.
Halftime statistics include Flacco (15-22, 116 yards), Ray Rice (10 carries, 13 yards), Anquan Boldin (7 catches, 56 yards). For the Steelers, Byron Leftwich (7-17, 85 yards), Jonathan Dwyer (5 catches, 15 yards) and Mike Wallace (2 catches, 24 yards. Rookie placekicker Justin Tucker hit a 26-yard FG but missed a classic Heinz Field one from 41-yards.
Stick with Baltimore Beatdown for this 2nd half 'Open Thread' and post your thoughts as the game progresses. If the Ravesn can limit the mistakes, there is every reason to expect a victory.However, if Baltimore does not play aggressively on offense, the Steelers are still good enough to pull off what would be considered an upset and move into forst place in the AFC North.
On the other hand, a Ravens victory would give them a two-game lead with a head-to-head tie breaker and virtually lock up a playoff spot and perhaps even the AFC North and a potential first round playoff bye. While there is still a lot of football to be played in the season much less this game, a Ravens victory would be a huge boost to Baltimore's stretch run.