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It's not a bad bet Michael Vick will play for Steelers vs. Ravens this year

One of the most dynamic quarterbacks in recent NFL history is a new backup in Pittsburgh, and it's not a bad bet the Ravens will see him on the field this season.

The Steelers signed 35-year-old Michael Vick on Tuesday to compete for the No. 2 job behind two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, who started every game the past two seasons but has missed more than a quarter of his regular-season starts against the Ravens in his 11-year career.

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Roethlisberger sat out six of 22 regular-season games in the rivalry since he made his NFL debut against the Ravens in 2004. He missed two starts against the Ravens in 2012 and one each in 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2005.

And in the games he has played, Roethlisberger's often been beat up -- Bart Scott's sack in 2006 and Haloti Ngata's nose-breaking swat in 2010 come to mind -- making it all the more likely the Steelers backup quarterback could be called upon in 2015.

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If that's Vick, the Ravens won't see the prolific runner who played for the Atlanta Falcons or the dual-threat quarterback who emerged with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since that brief resurgence in Philly, injuries and ineffectiveness have forced Vick to the bench. In limited playing time with the New York Jets last season, he completed 52.9 percent of his passes and threw three touchdowns and two interceptions. Two of those touchdowns came in an upset victory over -- you guessed it -- the Steelers.

Still occasionally a dangerous runner, the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft managed 69 yards rushing against the Buffalo Bills in a game the Jets lost, 43-23.

But, if the Ravens do see Vick on Oct. 1 in Pittsburgh or Dec. 27 in Baltimore, it's likely good news. In one of the football's toughest rivalries, Roethlisberger has gone 11-8 (including the postseason). The Ravens are 5-1 against the Steelers in games Roethlisberger has missed.

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