MIKE PRE­STON’S KEY MATCHUPS

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

Steel­ers WR An­to­nio Brown vs Ravens CBs Bran­don Carr, Jimmy Smith and Mar­lon Humphrey: Brown, a gamechanger with ex­cel­lent hands and speed, is Pitts­burgh’s top re­ceiver. The Ravens cor­ner­backs have played well this season and are very phys­i­cal. Smith has stayed healthy. But the Steel­ers will chal­lenge them deep a cou­ple of times with Brown, espe­cially if he gets iso­lated one on one with Humphrey, a rookie and the team’s top draft pick out of Alabama. Steel­ers RB Le’Veon Bell vs Ravens LBs C.J. Mosley, Tyus Bowser and Matthew Judon: Pitts­burgh uses Bell to at­tack de­fense. He is a de­lib­er­ate, dis­ci­plined run­ner who has gained 180 yards on 52 car­ries. He has great vision and can make jump cuts any­where along the line of scrim­mage. Look for Pitts­burgh to try to get one-on-one matchups with the lineback­ers be­cause Jack­sonville had so much suc­cess do­ing so last week. Mosley can hold his own, but Judon and Bowser are li­a­bil­i­ties in cov­er­age. Steel­ers de­fen­sive line vs. Ravens of­fen­sive line: Pitts­burgh has the No. 22-ranked rush de­fense in the NFL, al­low­ing 123.3 yards a game. Look for the Ravens to try to stay with the run. A key matchup will be in the mid­dle. where Ravens cen­ter Ryan Jensen goes against nose tackle Javon Har­grave. Left de­fen­sive end Cameron Hey­ward has played some de­cent games against the Ravens. Ravens right tackle Austin Howard needs to re­bound with a strong game after a sub­par ef­fort last week.

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An­to­nio Brown has 26 catches for 354 yards and one touch­down this season.

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