Ravens' D understands what Pittsburgh offense brings

Ravens' D understands what Pittsburgh offense brings
November 15, 2012, 4:00 pm
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There isn't much that the Steelers bring to the table on offense that will surprise the Ravens. After all, these teams have played a few times the past few  years. 

That's what coach John Harbaugh talked about when speaking with the media earlier this week. He spoke about what the Steelers will have on offense and why they're tough to stop. It will keep the Baltimore defense very busy on Sunday night.

Simply put, the Steelers are big, physical and hit hard. That's why they're tough to go against, and Harbaugh said he knows where it all begins.

"First of all, it starts with the offensive line. Their offensive line is a big, physical offensive line," Harbaugh said. "They maul you. That’s their whole thing."

The fact that their line is so big and can open holes is what makes the running game go so well. Pittsburgh's always been effective with the ground game in recent years -- even now, with injuries to the backfield.

"The backs are downhill backs," Harbaugh said. "Both [Jonathan] Dwyer and [Isaac] Redman are hard-running guys – very difficult to tackle. You have to wrap them and take them to the ground. You’ve got to gang-tackle, those kinds of things. We will see if Rashard [Mendenhall] plays, and [Chris] Rainey is a breakaway threat at anytime; he’s had some time in there."

This is the kind of game that will make the Ravens' defense work and should be an interesting test for them as the they're trying to come together after having to fill a number of holes due to injuries. Stopping the run has been a problem for the Ravens at times this season, but if they care do better in that area, it could be a big plus for them on this night.

Again, they’ve just got a lot of good players.”