Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

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Steelers-Ravens Capsule
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (5-6) at BALTIMORE (5-6)

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE – Ravens by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Pittsburgh 5-6, Baltimore 6-4-1

SERIES RECORD – Steelers lead 23-15

LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Ravens 19-16, Oct. 20, 2013

LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Browns 27-11; Ravens beat Jets 19-3

AP PRO32 RANKING – Steelers No. 18, Ravens No. 19

STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (15), RUSH (30), PASS (8).

STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (23T), PASS (10).

RAVENS OFFENSE – OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (19).

RAVENS DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (11), PASS (11).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Steelers aiming for fourth straight victory, and Ravens vying for first winning streak since September. … Nine of last 11 regular-season games between teams were decided by three points. Steelers won last month with field goal as time expired. … Ravens have won eight of last nine at home against AFC North foes, exception a loss to Steelers last December. … Steelers looking to win third straight regular-season game against Baltimore for first time since four-game run between 2001-03. … Ravens 4-1 at home, Pittsburgh 2-4 on road. … Steelers 1-5 on Thanksgiving, Baltimore 1-0. Pittsburgh hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since losing in Detroit in 1998, and its only win on holiday was in 1950 vs. Chicago Cardinals. … Pittsburgh is 5-6 in games against defending Super Bowl champions since 2000, including win over Ravens this season and 24-20 victory over Giants last year. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, 37-11 as starter against AFC North, needs three TD passes to reach 213 for career, passing Terry Bradshaw for most in franchise history. … Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown has at least five catches in 11 straight games, team record. … RB Le’Veon Bell is fourth Steelers rookie to reach 90-yard mark in scrimmage yards in at least four games. … Ravens have yielded NFL-low one TD rushing this season. … Baltimore is 10-1 in November home games since coach John Harbaugh took over in 2008. Ravens also 7-1 in prime time home games during that span. … In last six games vs. Steelers, Joe Flacco has seven TD passes and one interception. … Ravens have at least one sack in 22 straight games, tying franchise record. Baltimore has at least two sacks in 19 successive games, longest such streak since Philadelphia had 19 in 2003-04. … Ravens have allowed only three TDs in five home games and have won 18 of last 21 at home.

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AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org

Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.

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