There'll be a capacity crowd at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday for Steelers-Ravens—and in the trainers' rooms afterward too. The last time they met, in Week 4, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (above) broke rookie Rashard Mendenhall's shoulder with a car-crash tackle. Against Washington on Sunday, Baltimore's blitz was as brazen as ever, once sending three rushers into one gap. The offensive line is Pittsburgh's weak spot, so look for Baltimore to power-blitz the interior with nose man Haloti Ngata backed by Lewis. The Ravens are the hotter D right now; they'll knock Ben Roethlisberger around, get just enough offense to win and force a tie atop the AFC North.
This is an article from the Dec. 15, 2008 issue
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