To say playing against quarterback Charlie Batch improves the Ravens' chances of beating Pittsburgh Sunday would be an understatement.
As everyone has read by now, the Steelers are 0-6 against the Ravens since 2004 when Ben Roethlisberger isn't starting at quarterback. If that doesn't make the prospects for Pittsburgh look grim, Batch is 1-4 in his career against the Ravens and his statistics show why he has such a poor record.
He has completed only 49.3 percent of his passes (34-of-69) against Baltimore with two touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating is 54.7.
This isn't the same vaunted Ravens defense that Batch has faced in the past. But it's a defense that has held teams to an NFL-best 14.5 points over the past four games.
The Steelers offense has gone the opposite direction recently without Roethlisberger, who has been ruled out for a third straight game. Over the past two weeks, the Steelers have averaged the fewest points per drive in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Pittsburgh's average points per drive (0.61) is even lower than the Chiefs (0.65).