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The Ravens will defeat Pittsburgh on Sunday because they'll win the battle of the interior lines, where most games are won in football. The Ravens have had problems generating pressure this season, but actually have improved in the past two weeks because of some new devices, as well as the improved play of outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and end Cory Redding.

I don't think the Pittsburgh offensive tackles, Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams, can handle Johnson and rush outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. The Steelers will give Scott some help, but Suggs always plays well against Pittsburgh. Adams is still solid on the right side, but Johnson seems to have gotten over shoulder and back injuries which hindered him early in the season.

Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey struggled last week against Buffalo, and he might have hit the rookie wall which all first-year players hit at some point late in the season. Last week, Pittsburgh gave up five sacks to the Buffalo Bills, and its offensive line was called for several holding penalties.

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As for the Ravens on the offensive side of the ball, they have to be able to block Pittsburgh outside linebackers James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley. That was a problem in the past, but tackles Michael Oher and Marshal Yanda played well against them early in the season, and come into this game with a lot of confidence.

If you can block the Steelers, you can pick on cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Ike Taylor, especially Taylor. They don't match up well with the Ravens receivers, and maybe the Ravens can attack the middle of the field, which Buffalo did last week.

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