This Thursday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will be a big momentum swinger for both teams as they make it their mission to win the rivalry over each other twice every season. This makes for a physical battle in the making.
With the Ravens running game struggling and the Steelers looking to improve its pass defense, it’s a fact that the Ravens wide receivers vs the Steelers cornerbacks will be a crucial battle to determine who wins the game. Ravens starting wide receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith are known for their deep speed and physical play, along with having a knack for making clutch plays. Both of these players have big game experience and have both played in a Super Bowl, so no game is too big for them. Steve Smith is very much motivated to prove to the NFL that he is still a elite receiver.
The Steelers starting corners, Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen, are both tall, lanky defenders who are very physical as well. Taylor, over the past decade, has covered the best wide receivers in the game, including Torrey Smith and Steve Smith. The biggest positive for Taylor is his ability to cover a wide receiver without much safety help. That will be needed this Thursday as he covers speedster Torrey Smith. Allen possesses more playmaker ability than Talyor with his willingness to jump routes and go for interceptions. Allen’s mental toughness will be tested by Steve Smith as he is known for getting inside players’ heads.
With the Ravens running game taking a serious hit with the Ray Rice situation, they will rely more on their receivers to create offense. If Taylor and Allen are up to the challenge, it will be win number two for the Pittsburgh Steelers.