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Key Players for Baltimore Ravens Against Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Night

November 27th, 2013 at 8:53 AM
By Josh Michael

With a short week for the Baltimore Ravens, we must adjust our normal schedule to bring you the key players for the Ravens today in order to provide you the information you look forward to the day before a game.

It's Steelers week here in Charm City and what a better way to cap off Thanksgiving with this storied rivalry and a game with huge playoff implications.

'Terrell Suggs Introduction' photo (c) 2012, Austin Kirk - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There are always several key players in every game, but we have narrowed the list down to four for the Ravens as they are set to take on their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Terrell Suggs

Suggs is in the midst of a three game sackless streak and the time to end it would be tomorrow against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger is playing very well as of late, and the one way to disrupt his rhythm is to knock him on the ground. Suggs will be vital tomorrow in a number of ways, but first and foremost is that he needs to get to Roethlisberger and let him know that it is not going to be an easy day for him. In addition to getting to Ben himself, Suggs' ability to put pressure on Roethlisberger will force Pittsburgh to use extra people to block Suggs and thus should open the opposite side for Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw.

Justin Tucker

Tucker continues to appear on our list and rightfully so. It is no surprise that when Baltimore and Pittsburgh square off it is normally a low scoring affair that results in a score that is within one possession, thus Tucker will be vastly important. When scoring chances present themselves for the Ravens, Tucker will have to capitalize on those and not miss any field goals. Tucker has missed just two field goals this season, both of which came against the Browns early in the season, and he will have to continue his 'automatic' ways on Thanksgiving.

 'Joe Flacco, Quarterback' photo (c) 2013, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Joe Flacco

Normally we leave Flacco off the list because the quarterback is always important, but this week it is even more so. Flacco was already going to be on our list, but after his comments yesterday on his dislike of the wildcat offense, he is now going to be under the microscope. As we mentioned before, this game is likely to be low scoring and will be decided by a possession, thus Flacco is going to have to lead this team to victory. He does not necessarily have to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, but he is going to have to avoid turning the ball over.

Jacoby Jones

Last year we saw how important special teams can be when Jones returned a punt against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, which went a long way towards a Ravens victory. Jones is going to be important in both special teams and as a wide receiver. Last week Jones exploded for 100+ yards and a touchdown and we saw Flacco hit Jones on a 66 yard bomb. Jones' ability to provide Flacco with that deep threat will be a big boost in the arm for the offense and perhaps force the Steelers to keep a safety back deep, which could help the running game.

These are our four key player for the Ravens in their matchup with the Steelers tomorrow on Thanksgiving Night. Did we nail it? Are we leaving off an obvious player? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!


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