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Secondary focused on Ward and Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Charlie Batch is a capable quarterback, but he doesn't strike fear in many opponents.

But he is surrounded by a pair of quality wide receivers in Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. And that duo will test the Ravens secondary this Sunday at Heinz Field.

"Wallace, he's been catching a lot of deep balls," cornerback Chris Carr said. "He's a good receiver, and he makes the tough catch, and so it looks like he's really matured and come into his own as a good receiver. And Hines is a crafty veteran. He's always going to catch the ball when he gets his hands on it. He's crafty. Sometimes it looks like he's not moving that fast, but he gets open. So it's definitely a challenge because they are two very consistent players."

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Wallace leads Pittsburgh in receiving yards (187) and touchdowns (2), but Ward leads the offense in catches (10). Opposing fans tend to get caught up in some of Ward's questionable blocks and jawing, but Carr said he and his teammates are concentrating on Ward's talents on the field.

"He's a player you've got to account for," Carr said. "Especially on third down, he gets there in the slot, and he's physical and he gets open. They do a good job of scrambling around and finding ways to get open. They do a lot of things to keep you off balance, but they're definitely a good offense."

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