Final/OT

Steelers 13

(7-3, 4-1 away)

Ravens 16

(3-7, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
PIT 0 6 0 7 013
BAL 0 13 0 0 316

Top Performers

Passing: T. Maddox (PIT) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Taylor (BAL) - 19 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 6 REC, 81 YDS

Pittsburgh (7-2) at Baltimore (2-7)

Pittsburgh (7-2) at Baltimore (2-7), Sunday 1:00 pm EST

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers again will likely not have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when they meet the struggling Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North matchup on Sunday.

Roethlisberger, who sports an 18-1 record as a starter during the regular season, has missed the last two games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on November 3.

Roethlisberger suffered the injury in the first half of a 20-19 victory over the Ravens on October 31. He played the entire game and led a late drive that Jeff Reed capped with a 37-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining.

In Roethlisberger's absence, veteran Charlie Batch won a pair of starts. But Batch suffered a broken right hand in the first half of last week's 34-21 victory over Cleveland.

Tommy Maddox, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2002, will likely start on Sunday for the Steelers. Ironically, Maddox lost his job to Roethlisberger after suffering an elbow injury against the Ravens here on September 19, 2004.

Maddox's return as the starter should be a brief one since Roethlisberger is expected to return for next Monday night's showdown against unbeaten Indianapolis.

After Roethlisberger suffered a left knee injury earlier this year, Maddox lost a start against Jacksonville. He completed just 11-of-28 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in overtime.

Pittsburgh, which has won four straight games, is tied with Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North.

Expected to challenge the Steelers in the division, the Ravens have been among the NFL's biggest disappointments. The major culprit has been an offense that is averaging a league-low 11.1 points per game.

"We're not a good football team right now, but we've got seven opportunities, beginning this week, to change that," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "What this team is dealing with right now is the confidence in itself and being able to turn, or maintain, a certain amount of momentum."

After missing seven games with a hyperextended right big toe, Kyle Boller made an unsuccessful return in last week's 30-3 loss at Jacksonville. Boller completed his first seven passes but finished just 19-of-33 for 142 yards with three interceptions.

Baltimore has lost four straight and is in last place in the division.

Matchup to watch: Hines Ward, who became the Steelers' all-time leading receiver last week, faces left cornerback Chris McAlister.

Series: The Steelers lead, 13-6, with six wins in the last eight meetings.

Next week: Pittsburgh visits Indianapolis, November 28 Baltimore visits Cincinnati, November 28

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Passing Leaders

PittsburghCMP%YDSTDINT
B. Roethlisberger67.24415298
R. Golden100.02500
BaltimoreCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Flacco64.23479239

Rushing Leaders

PittsburghCARYDSAVGTD
L. Bell26212784.97
L. Blount652664.12
BaltimoreCARYDSAVGTD
J. Forsett20811285.48
B. Pierce863604.22

Receiving Leaders

PittsburghRECYDSAVGTD
A. Brown115149813.011
L. Bell7676510.13
BaltimoreRECYDSAVGTD
S. Smith6692614.06
T. Smith4062515.68

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsPIT
 
 322
BAL
 
 293
Yards PassingPIT
 
 183
BAL
 
 193
Yards RushingPIT
 
 139
BAL
 
 100
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedPIT
 
 284
BAL
 
 284
Pass Yds AllowedPIT
 
 198
BAL
 
 185
Rush Yds AllowedPIT
 
 86
BAL
 
 99

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Pittsburgh leads 7-4
Oct 31, 2005PIT 20, BAL 19
Dec 26, 2004PIT 20, BAL 7
Sep 19, 2004PIT 13, @BAL 30
Dec 28, 2003PIT 10, @BAL 13
Sep 7, 2003PIT 34, BAL 15
Dec 29, 2002PIT 34, BAL 31
Oct 27, 2002PIT 31, @BAL 18
Jan 20, 2002PIT 27, BAL 10
Dec 16, 2001PIT 26, @BAL 21
Nov 4, 2001PIT 10, BAL 13