This week's five stats that stand out focus heavily on the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game, the Ravens' ability to stop them, and of course, the injuries that have hampered the Ravens this season but haven't slowed Pittsburgh.
A season of gradual improvement from the safety combo of Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill has the Ravens confident they have their long-term solution at the position — and eyeing the safeties on the opposing sideline Sunday as the standard they hope to one day meet. The Seattle Seahawks safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor has played a large role in the team's two straight Super Bowl runs, the product of five straight years starting together.
It was probably fitting for the Ravens' much-maligned defense that on an afternoon when they might have played their best game of the season against the pass, they turned in one of their worst against the run.
The first thing Wes Brown noticed about new Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson was that it seemed as if Richardson already knew him. Richardson wasn't trying to figure out Brown's skill set or immediately put him into something the junior running back was uncomfortable with or didn't know. Richardson, with Brown and fellow running back Brandon Ross under his watchful eye, already knew what he had.
The Ravens'¿ fourth-ranked running defense enters its first game without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with a unique challenge in Miami's spread-option offense, which features quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a threat to run and has proven difficult for defenses to stop all season.
But more than a third of the way through this season, the Ravens search for a competent running game remains mystifying and Ravens running back Ray Rice, their three-time Pro Bowl back, has provided far more questions than answers.
Every weekday through April 25, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider.
This year's NFL scouting combine begins Wednesday, unofficially marking the start of draft speculation season. Before the prospects are poked and prodded, though, staff writer Matt Vensel has taken his first crack at predicting the first round of April's NFL draft.