4 biggest causes of concern for Steelers vs. Ravens Week 8
That takes us to the final cause for concern of this week, and it has to be Jackson at quarterback. While the reigning MVP is having a tamer season that he did last year, he is still playing like the top quarterback that he is. He can hurt you anyway, as he has top-end speed, a great arm, and solid accuracy. There isn’t a clear weak point to his game and taking him lightly would be a serious mistake.
All of this said the Steelers did a good job of limiting Jackson in the one game they played against him last year. He had less than 200 total yards in that meeting and he threw three interceptions. A big part of that was due to the athletic Devin Bush spying on Jackson more often than not. Due to his ACL injury though, the Steelers will have no such player to do that this year. While Vince Williams and Robert Spillane have looked good in their roles, neither are athletic enough to keep up with Jackson.
Considering this Ravens offense runs through Jackson, stopping him will be the primary focus. While they have tape on how to do that, it will certainly be more challenging this year than last year. That said, if the Steelers find a way to minimize Jackson’s impact, it could aid in a victory for the team. They’ve done it before, but don’t be fooled; stopping Jackson is not an easy task for any defense.
The matchup this Sunday will certainly be a good one, as both the Steelers and Ravens are playing for a lot right now. Given the nature of hard-hitting games between these two teams and the talent that the Ravens, be aware of the causes for concern in this matchup.