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Ravens Vs. Steelers: 5 Key Matchups to Watch

November 02, 2018 - 10:59 am

By Joe Schiller

Ravens’ Front Seven vs. James ConnorThe Ravens will happy to avoid facing Le’Veon Bell this season. His holdout continues as James Connor continues to handle the primary running back duties.

Connor was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October after totaling 367 rushing yards and six touchdowns, adding 159 receiving yards. He was held to 19 rushing yards on nine carries in the first meeting and a defense that’s holding opposing teams to 98.1 rushing yards per game will look to continue that trend.


Jermaine Eluemunor vs. Bud Dupree

Ronnie Stanley suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the Ravens’ Week 8 loss and has yet to practice this week.

If he’s declared out, my guess would be that Jermaine Eluemunor makes the start at left tackle. He replaced Stanley last Sunday and could find himself playing at one of the most crucial positions in arguably the most important game for the Ravens this season.

Bud Dupree isn’t T.J. Watt but an outside linebacker that could give Eluemunor some troubles. He's totaled three sacks this season. 


C.J. Mosley vs. Vance McDonald

The Ravens have allowed a receiving touchdown to a tight end the past two games. Ben Watson and Greg Olsen did damage in the passing game and Vance McDonald will plan to do the same.

McDonald totaled five catches for 64 yards against the Ravens in September. C.J. Mosley has struggled across the middle of the field in pass coverage and it’s an area the Steelers will look to exploit.


John Brown vs. Joe Haden

Brown had one of his best performances of the season in his rivalry debut. He caught three passes for 116 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown against Joe Haden in the first quarter.

The Steelers’ best cover corner is expected to shadow Brown yet again, looking to stop a receiver who’s averaged 18.9 yards per reception this season.

Brown’s contributions will determine the offenses’ success. He cannot stay silent in the passing game for the second straight week.


Marlon Humphrey vs. Antonio Brown

Lost in the defensive struggles over the past two weeks has been the absence of Marlon Humphrey. The second-year corner has dealt with a thigh injury but made his return to practice yesterday on a limited basis.

As always, Antonio Brown poses a legitimate threat to the secondary. Jimmy Smith has struggled since his return and if Humphrey can play, he should be on the field Sunday afternoon.