Analysts for NBC, which will broadcast Sunday night’s clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers from Heinz Field, don’t sound very optimistic about the Ravens’ chances of beating the Steelers for the second time this season.
In comments distributed by the network, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy pointed out that the Ravens haven’t really replicated the rushing production that helped them enjoy a 35-7 rout of Pittsburgh in the season opener on Sept. 11.
“John Harbaugh has to be concerned,” Dungy said of the Ravens coach. “The first game of the year against Pittsburgh, they ran for 170 yards. They prompted all this old, slow Pittsburgh defensive talk. They haven’t been that way since, and have to get the running game back going into Pittsburgh this week.”
Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said the Steelers’ defensive strategy in their 25-17 victory over the Patriots Sunday should also worry the Ravens.
“The Steelers are primarily a zone blitzing team, but they revamped their playbook,” Harrison said. “They came in and played tight man-to-man coverage. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to cornerback Ike Taylor. He completely shutdown Wes Welker, followed him all around the field.”
Still, both the Ravens and Steelers are evenly matched, and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth is eager to see what unfolds Sunday night.
“No matter what happens, when you get Baltimore and you get Pittsburgh together, and we’ve talked about it before, it’s probably the most electric game that we do every year,” he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun