Steelers OTs Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert vs. Ravens OLBs Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw: The Steelers try to keep QB Ben Roethlisberger well protected because when healthy, he is having a near-MVP-type season. The Steelers have big-play potential anywhere on the field and have given up only 30 sacks this season. The Ravens should be able to handle the Steelers in one-on-one matchups, but look for Pittsburgh to give its tackles some help by chipping with tight ends. Edge: Even.
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams vs. Ravens LBs C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith: Williams was a backup earlier this season but has played well as the new starter, rushing for 799 yards on 178 carries. He runs tough and hard. Smith leads the Ravens in tackles with 110 and Mosley is second with 95. The Ravens have to keep Williams inside the tackles and off the perimeter. Edge: Steelers.
Steelers WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant vs. Ravens CBs Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright: Smith held his own against Brown earlier this season, but Pittsburgh was without Roethlisberger and the Steelers didn't challenge the Ravens deep. That will change Sunday. Brown has 1,586 receiving yards and Bryant has 759. The Ravens have struggled all season in pass coverage and it will likely happen again against Pittsburgh. Edge: Steelers.