'Tough fight' ahead vs. Steelers' No. 1 defense

'Tough fight' ahead vs. Steelers' No. 1 defense
November 15, 2012, 4:00 pm
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Past success will play no factor for Ravens against Pittsburgh

Cam Cameron’s offense put on a stellar display in the Ravens’ 55-20 win vs. the Oakland Raiders last week, but Sunday will be the ultimate test.

They’re not only playing at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle for AFC North supremacy among heated rivals, they’re going up against the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

The Ravens' hurry-up led by quarterback Joe Flacco isn't as prolific on the road, averaging just 17.5 points per game. The Steelers allow 19.7.

Despite not having safety Troy Polamalu (calf) for most of the season and beginning it without linebacker James Harrison because of knee surgery, the Steelers (6-3) still have maintained an elite level.

Polamalu’s ability to play remains questionable. He didn't practice for the second day in a row Thursday.

"They’re doing all the things they’ve always done well. They do a great job in disguising what they’re doing," Cameron said. "They have some nice scheme things they do with their fifth rusher and sometimes their sixth. Like a lot of good offenses and defenses, you build a foundation, you build it with fundamentals so that if you do have injuries to a guy or two or three you don’t fall off the face of the earth. And that’s what they’ve done.”

Safety Ryan Clark went out with a concussion in Monday night’s 16-13 overtime win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s expected to play Sunday. He was a full participant in practice Thursday. 

"They’re physical. They can run," Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones said of the Steelers’ secondary. "They play everything until the whistle blows. That’s going to be a tough fight."

 

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