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5 stats that stand out ahead of the Ravens' game in Pittsburgh

5 stats that stand out ahead of the Ravens' game in Pittsburgh
Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels is tackled by Ravens safety Will Hill, right, after a 9-yard gain in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field. (Michael Ciaglo / TNS)

Each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Meoli picks five stats that stand out for the Ravens.

  • 5: Not including end-of-half and end-of-game drives, the Ravens defense has gotten off the field without allowing a first down five times. They've done so just once in each of the past two games, and have the 30th-ranked third-down defense in the NFL, with opponents converting on 53.2 percent of third downs. The Steelers boast the league's third-best third-down offense with a 51.4 percent conversion rate, though that has much more to do with injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's big-play ability. Keeping the drives short Thursday in Pittsburgh will be key.
  • .167: The Steelers have a .167 winning percentage in games quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn't started for them against the Ravens — one win in six tries — though Roethlisberger is 11-8 (.579) when he starts against the Ravens. The Steelers have plenty of weapons, outside of their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. It's worth wondering if the finished product is as good as the ingredients without Roethlisberger mixing them up. Thursday's starter, Michael Vick, will probably be better than the likes of Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch, though.
  • 17: According to Pro Football Focus, no defensive tackle has more tackles on running plays than third-year nose tackle Brandon Williams, who has 17. Williams manhandled Bengals center Russell Bodine to account for stops on one-third of the 21 run snaps he played Sunday, according to PFF. He'll likely have a bigger influence than a typical Steelers game Sunday with Cody Wallace at center in place of the injured Maurkice Pouncey, and will be key to both collapsing the pocket around Vick and blowing up run plays designed to get running back Le'Veon Bell into space.
  • 5.5: In five career games against the Steelers as a member of the Ravens, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has 5.5 sacks, the most he has against any team in the past two-plus seasons. Five of those came last season, when he sacked Roethlisberger twice at M&T Bank Stadium, once in the regular season at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, then twice there in the playoffs. Dumervil broke his duck for 2015 with a strip-sack on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and will be looking for more Thursday against the shifty Vick.
  • 89.7: With his miss in the first quarter Sunday against the Bengals, kicker Justin Tucker fell out of the top spot as the NFL's most accurate kicker, down to an 89.7 percent field goal percentage. Only one of his 12 misses has come in Pittsburgh, however, where field conditions and wind are typically miserable for specialists. Including last year's playoff game, Tucker has made 9 of 10 field goal attempts at Heinz Field, with his one miss coming in his rookie season, 2012.
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