This Time Around, Steelers Versus Ravens Figures To Include Yardage By The Chunks

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens face off Thanksgiving night, there probably won’t be a lot of points scored, but there will likely be a lot of explosive plays.

So far this season, the Steelers offense has produced 51 plays of 20 yards or more, while the Ravens offense has produced 37 of them. The Ravens number, however, is a bit misleading, as 13 of those 37 explosive plays were double explosive, meaning that they were 40 yards or more. Only the Philadelphia Eagles have registered more double explosive plays (18) heading into Week 13.

What is truly unique about these two teams is that both defenses also give up a ton of double explosive plays. The Ravens have given up 15 of them this season, all passes, while the Steelers have allowed a grand total of 13 of them, 10 of which were passes.

In the first meeting this season between these two teams back in Week 7, both teams combined to register only three plays of 20 yards or more with the Ravens having the lone double explosive play, a 41-yard completion to wide receiver Torrey Smith, in the game.

Amazingly, both teams combined to put up only 573 yards off offense in the Steelers 19-16 win. This time around, I expect the offenses to rule the day with it being a short week.

While it is expected to be cold Thursday night in Baltimore, the current forecast calls for no precipitation or high wins. My forecast for the game includes a chunks of yardage as I do not think either team will be able to move the ball well on the ground.

  • steeltown

    I see another big game by A.Brown

    I just hope we don’t turn the ball over. If we win the turnover battle, we win period

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I just have 1 request of Ben:

    Keep up the great work, while your coaches grant you a few more liberties while using their game plan. And please throw the ball much farther on deep routes. It’s usually safer as only your WR can run under it. Also it will produce more TD’s as the WR often has a step or 2 on the DB and is already at full speed.

    May you have more long TD’s in your future!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Guys, is Haloti Ngata at full strength? I noticed teams running it up the middle with ease against them for a while when he was playing injured or out. If he’s back now, then it might be alot more difficult. Perhaps, some different wrinkles this week? I wish I knew. Looking forward to tomorrow night.

  • westcoasteeler

    Let’s set up the run w some nice passes, then run over their asses.
    -i did not do that on purpose…

  • Dan

    All, I’m hearing on the news is about the bad weather and travel issues back east. I’m assuming the players spent Monday with the trainers and watching film while the coaches put together a game plan. Then practice Tues and Wed and fly tonight. Any word on how the weather may be impacting their sked?

  • joed32

    No problems in that area and for the game tomorrow cold and breezy but no precipitation.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Pitt/Balt game ruled by both offenses? Like, that has never happened, sure would be quite the prediction. My heart tells me the Ravens suck and the Steelers are roiling, but common sense says 19-16 final and maybe a bad call or shitty coaching decision decides the game.

  • Bradys_Dad

    My gut says that Bell is going to have a breakout game. Yes against the Ravens. Maybe I’m all wet but the stars seem all but aligned for the youngster to roll out a big game. Happy Thanksgiving to All.