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Ravens vs. Steelers: 3 Defensive Keys to Victory

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A true test for the Ravens today, as the Pittsburgh Steelers play at M&T Bank Stadium. Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, all stars in their own craft, all capable of blowing up and single-handedly winning a game. Today, the Ravens defense must get back on track, and fend off the threat of dropping to .500 against their rival.

1. The Big Play

In every rivalry game, there is a play which defines the contest between one another. Terrell Suggs thigh-interception, Antonio Brown’s incredible touchdown (I refuse to call it by its name), Torrey Smith’s Redemption. Make your mark. With this team’s turnover production, I wouldn’t be surprised if multiple Ravens compete with one another for ‘The Big Play’.

2. 60 minutes

Yes, big plays are critical. More importantly, though, is a 60-minute effort. This team cannot collapse at minute fifty-eight. Not at 59:45. Stop Bell, cover Brown, and hit Ben. Don’t let the sneaky ones by either, a la Bryant and James.

3. Don’t draw the flag

These games get chippy quickly. Don’t go overboard and give the Steelers fifteen yards and a first down. With this game coming down to the wire oh so many times, a personal foul could be a back-breaker. Play tough, rough and mean, but don’t get the referee’s involved.