Final

Ravens 19

(2-5, 0-4 away)

Steelers 20

(5-2, 2-2 home)

9:00 PM ET, October 31, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 7 3 0 919
PIT 7 3 7 320

Top Performers

Passing: A. Wright (BAL) - 252 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. Parker (PIT) - 14 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 7 REC, 91 YDS

Baltimore (2-4) at Pittsburgh (4-2)

Baltimore (2-4) at Pittsburgh (4-2), Monday 9:00 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- When the Monday night schedule came out, the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens looked be a game that could go a long way at deciding the AFC North Division.

While the Steelers have held up their end, the Ravens have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments and are in desperate need of a victory.

Of course, the Ravens' problems could be directly linked to their offense, which is averaging a league-low 11.5 points. Baltimore has been held to one offensive touchdown in its last two games and has scored at least 17 points just once in six contests overall.

Replacing the injured Kyle Boller at quarterback, Anthony Wright has offered no big plays in the passing game. He has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for five touchdowns with seven interceptions.

It also has been a struggle for Jamal Lewis, who has looked nothing like the back who rushed for 2,066 yards in 2003. He has gained 326 yards on 113 yards for a lowly 2.9 average.

Lewis managed just 34 yards on 15 attempts in last week's 10-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. He has carried 39 times for 93 yards in his last two games.

In addition to their offensive problems, the Ravens have shown a complete lack of discipline. They have been penalized 43 times for 344 yards in their last three games.

The offensive troubles may start spilling over to the defensive side of the ball. Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed missed last week's game with a high ankle sprain and is unlikely to play this week. Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis also is expected to miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Last week, the Steelers showed they aren't ready to give up their division title as they posted an impressive 27-13 victory at Cincinnati.

With Ben Roethlisberger still recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss a game, the Steelers relied on their running game, which produced 221 yards. Willie Parker led the way with 131 yards and a touchdown.

Roethlisberger completed 9-of-14 passes for 93 yards with two touchdowns and an interception last week.

Roethlisberger has the Ravens to thank for him getting the starting job. In September 2004, the Ravens knocked out former starter Tommy Maddox with an elbow injury, leaving the job to Roethlisberger, who has gone 17-1 as a starter during the regular season.

After the Ravens posted a 30-13 victory in the first meeting last season, the Steelers returned the favor here with a 20-7 triumph on December 26.

In the meeting here, Roethlisberger was sent to the sidelines in the third quarter with a left rib injury. He went 14-of-19 for 221 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

Matchup to watch: Ravens tight end Todd Heap, who had seven catches for 71 yards last week, against strong safety Troy Polamalu.

Series: Pittsburgh leads, 12-6, with five wins in the last seven meetings.

Next week: Baltimore hosts Cincinnati, November 6 Pittsburgh visits Green Bay, November 6

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Passing Leaders

BaltimoreCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Flacco59.039121922
T. Taylor20.0201
PittsburghCMP%YDSTDINT
B. Roethlisberger64.242612814
M. McBriar100.03000

Rushing Leaders

BaltimoreCARYDSAVGTD
R. Rice2146603.14
B. Pierce1524362.92
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTD
L. Bell2448603.58
J. Dwyer491974.00

Receiving Leaders

BaltimoreRECYDSAVGTD
T. Smith65112817.44
M. Brown4952410.77
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTD
A. Brown110149913.68
E. Sanders6774011.06

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsBAL
 
 293
PIT
 
 322
Yards PassingBAL
 
 193
PIT
 
 183
Yards RushingBAL
 
 100
PIT
 
 139
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedBAL
 
 284
PIT
 
 284
Pass Yds AllowedBAL
 
 185
PIT
 
 198
Rush Yds AllowedBAL
 
 99
PIT
 
 86

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

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