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Which Ravens players face the most pressure against Pittsburgh?

We answer former NFL running back Marshall Faulk's Week 2 question for the GMC Playbook series.

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Here's Week 2's GMC Playbook question from former NFL running back Marshall Faulk:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wow. Many surprises in Wk 1. <a href="">@SBNation</a>: on your team, who is now facing the pressure to perform? ... <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Two players immediately come to mind as for who is facing pressure this week against Pittsburgh.

The first is Joe Flacco. He had a horrible first three quarters against the Bengals in Week 1's 23-16 loss. He stepped his play up in the fourth quarter, though, and will need to play like that for a full game against a Steelers defense that did not look that strong against Cleveland.

Flacco seemed to have some issues early on making the correct decisions in the quick passing game, which led to a lot of early completions. He ended up passing the ball 62 times, which should never happen again all year in this offense.

The other player facing pressure is Bernard Pierce. Even with Ray Rice released, Pierce is in danger of seeing his playing time reduced considerably with another poor performance. He had 17 yards on six carries and fumbled the ball away deep in Ravens territory. He was replaced by Justin Forsett, who had 70 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, looking sharp whenever the Ravens thought it would be wise to balance the offense out with some runs.

Based on John Harbaugh's comments this week, it appears Pierce will get every chance to show what he can do Thursday night. But the pressure is certainly on.