3 keys of Steelers week 12 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Taking advantage of Ravens’ losses

The last time these two times met, the Ravens capped off a season-high 265 rushing yards. It was also the most the Steelers defense haven gave up to any opponent on the year and in quite some time.

The funny part is this is not even the craziest stat that occurred that day, and it makes the mind wander, how were the Steelers able to pull off a victory?

Three separate rushers eclipsing 65 rushing yards or more for Baltimore, the team leader in week eight happened to be rookie RB J.K Dobbins. Averaging 7.5 yards per carry on 15 attempts, he decimated the Steelers’ front seven along with RB Gus Edwards & Jackson.

However, after recent positive COVID-19 tests, the Ravens will be without the rook & veteran RB Mark Ingram, debilitating the backfield’s physicality. As stated earlier, their passing game severely lacks any big-plays or efficiency, & now unable to lean on the literal strength of the offense is a test that comes at the worst time.

Albeit the recent competition for the Steelers is nothing to brag about, they have gradually decreased in yards given up to opposing rushers since they first played the Ravens, allowing only 73 last week to the Jacksonville Jaguars (lowest total since week three).

And for Baltimore, their previous three games have been their worst. Even though they have reached 100+ rushing yards in each game as a team, it’s been the lowest stretch of any part of the 2020 season for the Ravens.

Pittsburgh can continue to regain their complete dominance as a defense in revenge for what Baltimore accomplished nearly a month ago.