BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-0)
RAVENS: In 2 career starts at Pit., QB JOE FLACCO has passed for 358 yards w/3 TDs vs. 1 INT. As starter against Steelers, RB RAY RICE averages 114.5 rush yards per game (229 total in 2 games). In past 8 starts against AFC North, Rice averages 81.2 rush yards per game (650 total). Incl. postseason, RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 6 rush TDs in 7 games against Pit. McGahee (986) needs 14 receiving yards to reach 1,000 career. In 2 meetings against Steelers (incl. SB XLIII), WR ANQUAN BOLDIN totaled 16 catches for 202 yards (12.6 avg.) w/1 TD. Boldin tied career high w/3 TD receptions last week. In past 2 at Pit., WR DERRICK MASON is averaging 107 receiving yards per game (214 total). TE TODD HEAP tied career high w/2 TD rec. in last game vs. Pit. Defense registered 4 sacks in last game against Pit. Ravens allow league-low 244.3 yards per game in ’10. S DAWAN LANDRY posted 1st sack since 9/16/07 vs. NYJ last week. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 2 sacks in past 3 against Steelers. Suggs (59) needs 1 sack to become 2nd Raven to reach 60 career (PETER BOULWARE, 70).
Pittsburgh Steelers notes after the jump
STEELERS: Incl. postseason, Pit. is 4-0 vs. Bal. at home under head coach MIKE TOMLIN. Club aims for 1st 4-0 start since ’79. QB CHARLIE BATCH made 1st start since 12/30/07 last week & tied career high w/3 TD passes. RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has rushed for 100+ yards in 2 of past 3 (120, 143). Mendenhall is averaging 5.2 rush yards per carry in ’10. Aims for 5th consecutive game w/rush TD at home. WR HINES WARD (80; 79 rec., 1 rush) needs 1 TD to surpass RB JEROME BETTIS (80; 78 rush, 2 rec.) for 2nd-most TDs in franchise history (FRANCO HARRIS, 100; 91 rush, 9 rec.). Has 100 career rec. vs. Bal. WR MIKE WALLACE posted 2nd career 100-yard receiving game last week (100) & became 5th player in franchise history to have 2 TD rec. of 40+ yards in game (46, 41). Defense posted 4 sacks in last game vs. Bal. Defense allows league-low 11 points per game in ’10 & is tied for 1st in AFC & tied for 4th in NFL w/10 sacks…LB JAMES HARRISON has 6 sacks in past 3 against Bal. at home. LB LA MARR WOODLEY has 3 sacks in past 3 vs. Ravens. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team w/33 tackles…DE BRETT KEISEL scored TD on 1st career INT vs. TB (79-yard return).