4 key questions Steelers must answer to beat the Ravens

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Detroit Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell Baltimore Ravens linebacker Odafe Oweh Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. /

Can the Steelers stop the Ravens pass rush?

While this line has made some strides since the beginning of the year, they are far from a dominant unit. The road doesn’t get much easier this week as the Ravens have one of the better front sevens at stopping both the run and the pass. In terms of pass rushers, the Ravens lack a dominant force, but they have a trio of players that can all get after opposing quarterbacks.

Tyus Bowser, Odafe Oweh, and Justin Houston have all recorded at least four sacks this season. While those numbers pale in comparison to a T.J. Watt, they are all competent at getting after opposing quarterbacks. With neither of the Steelers tackles doing a great job in pass protection, it will be vital that they step up and stop the Ravens’ edge rushers from getting home this week.

The problem with the Ravens not having one true sack artist is that when the Steelers add an additional blocker in the form of a tight end or a running back, they won’t have a target as to who they should chip. This can lead to confusion and blown blocks, something this limited offense can’t afford. It will be a tough day for this line, but if the Steelers want any shot at winning, they need to come up big this week.