The Ravens have one of the stronger defenses in the NFL every year but showed rare vulnerability against the Browns last week.
If Peyton Hillis can lead a rushing attack to a 141-yard performance against them, Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall sure can. It’ll be interesting to see if Baltimore’s D bounces back with renewed fury against another division rival or if they continue to slide and let their offense try to carry them in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Lots of key fantasy players here and we have projections for all of them.
Our projection model is not perfect. There are many improvements that could be made, but we have been relatively good at predicting players’ good weeks. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
Other fantasy football previews with projections: CIN@CLE | DEN@TEN | CAR@NO | BAL@PIT | NYJ@BUF | SEA@STL | SF@ATL | DET@GB | HOU@OAK | IND@JAX | WAS@PHI | ARI@SD | CHI@NYG | NE@MIA (Teams on bye: DAL, KC, MIN, TB)
If the projections hold up, Pittsburgh wins 19.7-13.3.
The Steelers have allowed just two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) and have caused 10 turnovers and made nine sacks against three teams in 2010. That sort of play shouldn’t change against the Ravens, who could be in for a disappointment.
We’re still projecting Anquan Boldin to get his (after a 3-TD game, it’s hard to not give the team’s lone projected passing TD to him). The Steelers did give up a 13-111 line to Roddy White in the opener.
Ray Rice, who is battling a bruised knee, should be able to go but isn’t a strong start this week anyway.
Rashard Mendenhall has the best matchup in the contest, going up against a defense that has allowed 300 yards rushing in the last two weeks.
Joe Flacco, BAL: 23-37, 227 yards, TD, 2 INT
Charlie Batch, PIT: 14-23, 140 yards, TD
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT: 120 yards, 3 catches, 5 receiving yards
Ray Rice, BAL: 60 yards, 3 catches, 25 receiving yards
Isaac Redman, PIT: 20 yards
Willis McGahee, BAL: 10 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
LeRon McClain, BAL: 5 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Mewelde Moore, PIT: 2 catches, 5 receiving yards
Anquan Boldin, BAL: 7-95, TD
Mike Wallace, PIT: 3-65, TD
Hines Ward, PIT: 3-50
Derrick Mason, BAL: 4-30
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, BAL: 2-15
Antwaan Randle-El, PIT: 1-10
Todd Heap, BAL: 5-50
Heath Miller, PIT: 3-25
Jeff Reed, PIT: 3 FG, XP
Billy Cundiff, BAL: FG, XP
Steelers: 2 sacks, 2 INT, fumble recovery
Ravens: 2 sacks