September 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (9-5) at BALTIMORE (4-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 10 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Steelers 7-4-3; Ravens 4-9-1

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 24-19

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Steelers 23-20, OT, Oct. 1, 2015

LAST WEEK - Steelers beat Broncos 34-27; Ravens lost to Chiefs 34-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 6, Ravens No. 31

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (12), PASS (5).

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (5), PASS (31).

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (26), PASS (8).

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (11) PASS (15).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES. ... Ravens were last team to sweep both regular-season games between these AFC North rivals, in 2011. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 10-10 vs. Ravens; Baltimore coach John Harbaugh is 9-9 against Steelers. ... Since beginning of 2008 season, Pittsburgh and Baltimore rank 1-2 in fewest points allowed. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 9-7 lifetime against Ravens. His 27 TD passes are most by any player vs. Baltimore. He sat out October game with an injury. ... Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown has 50 career catches against Baltimore - most among active receivers in regular season - but he's scored only one TD against Ravens. ... Former Ravens star Jacoby Jones returns to Baltimore second time this season. He was with San Diego earlier. ... Ravens have lost three straight, Pittsburgh has won three in row. ... Steelers assured playoff berth with win over Ravens and Jets loss. ... Steelers seeking 11th straight win in December. ... Roethlisberger leads NFL with six games of 350 yards passing. ... Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is averaging 120.5 scrimmage yards per game with six rushing TDs this season. ... Pittsburgh has 67 plays of at least 20 yards, third most in NFL. ... This is first time since start of 2008 season that Ravens have faced Steelers without QB Joe Flacco. He's out for year with knee injury. Matt Schaub or Jimmy Clausen will start. ... Ravens have NFL-high 19 players on injured reserve, including eight starters. ... Ravens WR Kamar Aiken seeks eighth straight game with at least five receptions. He had eight catches for 128 yards last week vs. Chiefs. ... Ravens have already lost five games at home, most in 20-year history of franchise. ... Baltimore must win one of last two games to avoid tying worst record in franchise history (1996). ... Fantasy Tip: Look for Roethlisberger to have big day throwing to Brown against Ravens' injury-riddled defensive backfield. Pittsburgh defense should also excel against patchwork offense that's scored two TDs in last two games and had three turnovers against KC.

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