The red-hot Baltimore Ravens (9-2) will look to build on its four-game winning streak when they take on the ailing Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5), who will once again be without the services of their star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The Ravens defense continues to rapidly progress despite suffering some key injuries. Their superb play will more than likely continue when they take on a Steelers offense that has continuously come up short without Roethlisberger, who will be out of action for his third straight game.
Baltimore will have the opportunity to potentially secure an AFC North crown in Sunday's showdown with Pittsburgh as they'll attempt to defeat them for the second time in three weeks, which would give them their seventeenth consecutive victory on their home turf.
After narrowly beating the San Diego Chargers by a score of 16-13 in Week 12, the Ravens still sit one game below the Houston Texans for the conference's best record. With the respective victory, Baltimore also took a large step forward toward a second straight North title, which they can lock down with a win over the Steelers along with a Cincinnati Bengals loss to the Chargers.
"The thing our guys have done is, as a team, they've positioned themselves really well to take advantage of an opportunity. Every game makes the next game that much more important," coach John Harbaugh told ESPN.
Baltimore's defenders have managed to effectively rebound after the losses of cornerback Ladarius Webb and veteran linebacker Ray Lewis, who are both out with injuries.
"We are improving on defense, and we improved throughout the course of the game," Harbaugh added.
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