Prior to last Christmas Day, the Ravens had defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in three consecutive games. Overall, Pittsburgh owns a 22-20 advantage in the regular-season series.
But the Ravens have won five of the last six games played in Baltimore against the Steelers. The Ravens are aiming to open the season with a 3-0 mark in the division for the second year in a row and the fourth time under coach John Harbaugh. Pittsburgh is attempting to improve to 2-0 in the division for the first time since 2008.
Here are three stats to keep in mind before Sunday's 1 p.m. game at M&T Bank Stadium:
5: Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (remember him?) has amassed five interceptions in his career against the Ravens – primarily when he played for the Cleveland Browns. That total is the most among active NFL players.
14: The Ravens have compiled a +14 turnover differential against Pittsburgh in the last six games played at M&T Bank Stadium. The team has produced 17 takeaways compared to just three giveaways over that span.
20.1: That is the passer rating opposing quarterbacks have posted when throwing against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, according to Pro Football Focus . Smith trails only the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey's 14.6 rating.