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How Ben Roethlisberger can post first 300-yard game in Baltimore

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PITTSBURGH -- The numbers out of Baltimore aren't pretty.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have averaged 16.1 points per game in M&T Bank Stadium since 2011.

Ben Roethlisberger never has thrown for 280 yards in Baltimore, where he has two touchdowns and five interceptions in his past four matchups. Big Ben has two 300-plus-yard games apiece in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

A physical Ravens-Steelers clash is rarely an offensive light show, to be sure. But the Steelers' identity is not to grind out games. Roethlisberger is averaging 327 yards per game through seven games this season. The Steelers are among the NFL's top five in points and yards per game. This offense is largely considered high-powered.

Players are hopeful they can maintain that pace, even in Baltimore.

"Most of the time these games are low-scoring games, but hopefully we get a game where we get a whole bunch of points," center Maurkice Pouncey said.

To make that happen, the Steelers are relying on the no-huddle offense, a better Wi-Fi connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and a refined pre-snap routine.

Ride the hot hand at the end of halves

The Steelers have been masterful at the end of first halves, using the no-huddle offense to orchestrate four touchdown drives in the final two minutes before halftimes.

Roethlisberger has touchdown passes on three of those drives, including a 1-yard rub play to Antonio Brown with 10 seconds left in Sunday's win over the Browns.

The Steelers emphasize the "double score," as tight end Jesse James calls it -- score at the end of the half, then try to score again when receiving the ball to start the third quarter.

Rigorously practicing the two-minute offense, a strength of Roethlisberger's game, is paying off.

"You have an expectation when you work the way that we’ve worked in that area specifically," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Hopefully our guys have that expectation as well."

James said Roethlisberger, who has freedom to call plays in no-huddle settings, will take advantage of defenses by calling unexpected plays.

"Sometimes it's a play you haven't heard since the beginning of camp," James said. "You have to be ready for anything."

Brown and Roethlisberger taking flight

One of the NFL's great tandems had 272 yards and three touchdowns through the first four games, decent production for most duos but not for this one. Brown and Roethlisberger have collaborated on an NFL-record five consecutive 100-catch seasons together.

In the past five halves, however, Roethlisberger is completing 75 percent of his passes to Brown with five touchdowns, zero interceptions and 13.3 yards per attempt. That's a stark improvement from a 3-4 ratio with a 51.0 completion percentage and 4.7 yards per attempt.

Roethlisberger said the numbers changed but the game plan didn't.

"Just sticking to it," Roethlisberger said. "Not worrying about what the outside world has to say or people because we know what we have."

Brown will see a heavy dose of cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has had success against Brown. But the All-Pro receiver seems to be on to something with his quarterback. The signature plays to the sideline -- the deep-out throws Roethlisberger has attempted hundreds of times to Brown -- are starting to work more often.

Fighting the crowd noise

Roethlisberger's home-road splits were uneven for quite some time. From 2014-17, Roethlisberger posted a 105.9 rating at Heinz Field compared with 86.6 on the road, according to Pro Football Focus.

Roethlisberger has referenced cadence/snap counts at the line of scrimmage as an issue. To hear James tell it, crowd noise can drown out the quarterback's vocal calls on the road, forcing the offense to rely on hand signals and breeding predictability.

But Roethlisberger has back-to-back road performances of at least 350 yards, including three touchdowns to one interception at Tampa Bay.

James hinted the offense has tried different snap-count tactics that he hopes will work in Baltimore (ones he'll never describe in full detail, of course).

"Try to change up as much as we can to keep them guessing," James said. "We’ve had some success this year."

Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has several playmakers and a steady running game behind James Conner, who has three straight 100-yard rushing performances on his way to AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors.

But Fichtner knows the big reason why he feels confident heading into Baltimore.

"Ben is fresh, so yeah, I feel good," Fichtner said.