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Ravens schedule preview: The rivalry runs deep

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Can the Ravens avenge their Christmas nightmare

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The Ravens will take on the Steelers in Weeks 4 and 14.

Steelers key additions: WR Justin Hunter, CB Coty Sensabaugh, HB Knile Davis, DT Tyson Alualu,

Steelers key losses: WR Markus Wheaton, LB Lawrence Timmons, LB Jarvis Jones

Steelers drafts picks: LB T.J. Watt, WR Juju Schuster-Smith, CB Cam Sutton, HB James Conner, LB Keion Adams, CB Brian Allen, QB Josh Dobbs, LS Colin Holba

Why they’ll lose to the Ravens

The Ravens and Steelers always play tight games, in fact Baltimore could've very easily went 2-0 against Pittsburgh, but the Ravens left too much time on the clock and couldn't keep Antonio Brown out of the end zone. The Ravens have improved all over the roster despite losing good players along their defensive line. The Ravens play a tight game everytime they matchup with the Steelers, but a strong defense could help compete with Pittsburgh’s offense. If Breshad Perriman and Jeremy Maclin come to play, the Steelers secondary will have a hard time containing the Ravens speedy receiver corps.

Why they’ll beat the Ravens

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn't fully healthy against the Ravens in their first matchup last year and Martavis Bryant has been reinstated. Bryant was terrific in 2015 and provides a dynamic receiving threat across from Antonio Brown. Add in Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers offensive line and you have a dynamic offense that could give the Ravens fits. The secondary for the Ravens is still an unknown outside of the safeties and the pass rush is looking to sprinkle in younger, unproven talent. It’s likely that the Ravens will have to be a bend, don't break defense and keep pace on offense if they want to beat the Steelers.

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How will the Ravens/Steelers series turn out?

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  • 37%
    Ravens sweep 2-0
    (105 votes)
  • 12%
    Steelers sweep 2-0
    (35 votes)
  • 50%
    Teams split 1-1
    (142 votes)
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