Expect an absolute war between two of the strongest defenses in the league. The Steelers will have a tough time running against arguably the best linebacker corps in the league, but they will look to wear it down with the one-two punch of Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis.
Nickel DC Deion Sanders needs to elevate his play another notch since coming back, as Steelers' No. 3 WR Antwaan Randle El figures to be one of his toughest challenges this season. The Ravens will counter with a steady diet of RB Jamal Lewis and Pittsburgh knows it. However, now that Lewis has shown that he can't carry the entire offense on his back, it's up to QB Kyle Boller to pick up the slack and keep the Steelers honest.