1.) Ike Taylor vs. Anquan Boldin.
Taylor has become a top five corner this year and is straight shutting people down. Boldin had his best game of the season last week. Anquan proved that he can make plays even when covered against the Cardinals. He will need that skill this week because he will be covered.
2.) Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher vs. whoever the Steelers have rushing the passer.
The Steelers have done a good job of hiding who will be there starting rushers this Sunday but whoever they are they will have to deal with these two. McKinnie had his best game as a Raven against the Steelers in week one and Oher had his best game of the year last week. If Ben Grubbs is able to play maybe it will help these two solidify our porous pass protection from the past few weeks.
3.) Terrell Suggs vs. the Steelers offensive line.
Suggs is having yet another Pro Bowl season. He has been eating linemen for breakfast on a weekly basis. If there is one guy you know is going to tear it up in Pittsburgh it's T-Sizzle!
4.) Billy Cundiff and Sam Koch vs. Steelers special teamers
The Ravens have been struggling on special teams this year and the task of keeping good field position will fall on these two. Cundiff needs to keep kicking it out of the end zone and Koch needs to work on angling his punts to the sidelines... Or else they will both need to work on their tackling skills!
5.) Chuck Pagano vs. Dick LeBeau.
LeBeau is one of the best of all time and Pagano is a young, up-and-comer in the NFL. Whichever of these two can find the most creative ways of creating pressure and limiting the big plays will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this game.