Can the Steelers Withstand the Ravens’ Pass Rush?

October 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers host their biggest rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers are coming off their first win of the season, a Week 6 defeat of the New York Jets, and are trying to claw their way out of the 1-4 hole they sit in presently. A defeat of the Ravens would put them on the path to turn around their disappointing season and give them a much-needed divisional win.
There are many keys to a second straight Steelers win, but none is more important than keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger protected from Baltimore pass-rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. 
Presently, the Ravens defense ranks second in the league in sacks, with 22. Of those 22, 12 have come from Suggs and Dumervil, Baltimore's two outside linebackers. Suggs has seven and Dumervil has five, both top-10 individual sack totals through six games. 
At the same time, Roethlisberger has been sacked 18 times in his five games—after being sacked 30 times in 13 games las...

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