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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality James Conner Jersey , that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game.When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on Sunday they want to re-establish an aggressive approach on their way to what would be a third straight win against AFC North opponents.“This Pittsburgh-Ravens matchup, they have some hard guys up front. We do, too,” guard Ramon Foster said. “We have to be on top of our job. … Get away from the run early and it could be a long day for us. Unless Ben (Roethlisberger) is just airing it out and pushing everybody’s fantasy points up.”In their 26-14 home loss to Baltimore in Week 4, Pittsburgh was limited to 19 yards rushing on 11 carries. It has averaged 137 yards on the ground in three straight wins since, including 168 yards in a 33-18 victory against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.Those three wins have the Steelers atop the AFC North at 4-2-1, ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). The Ravens have lost three of four games since defeating the Steelers, leaving them at 4-4.Foster said Baltimore’s recent slump has surprised him, but he expects the Ravens to “do everything they can not to stay that way.”“We have to be on our game,” Foster said. “It’s shocking, but me knowing them, they’re going to give us their all.”Part of being on their game would include the Steelers converting first downs, limiting the Ravens’ possessions and establishing an early lead. That’s a recipe they didn’t follow last time.Pittsburgh fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter before tying it before halftime. Because of their lack of success early, the Steelers turned away from the run and relied almost exclusively on Roethlisberger.After that seemingly worked Roosevelt Nix Color Rush Jersey , Pittsburgh stuck with the pass in the second half, when it was outscored 12-0. Six second-half drives ended with one interception, four punts and one turnover on downs.“We can’t have three three-and-outs and let them score 14 points,” Foster said. “That falls on us. Mainly the offense because we had some terrible plays. We can’t have that.”The fix is simple, at least according to center Maurkice Pouncey.“We just have to play better, block guys better, get better fits on guys,” Pouncey said, “and make sure the running back has lanes to run into.”That running back will be James Conner more often than not. He’s averaged 85.6 rushing yards in seven games during his second NFL season, but had a season-low 2.11 yards per rush against Baltimore.Pouncey credited the Ravens for their defensive success in the first game. He also knows they can make it difficult again Sunday.“They have the core guys that they have. They like to bring in the guys that fit their system,” Pouncey said. “They have a great coaching staff, a great organization. So it speaks a lot about them. They’re always really good.”But the Steelers think they are, too. On Sunday, they want to take another step toward proving it.“Everybody’s desperate this time of year https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Chukwuma-Okorafor-Jersey ,” Foster said. “Especially when you have, for us, three back-to-back division games. I don’t think it’s a make-or-break (game), but they want to win it just as bad as we do.” The oddsmakers have installed the Steelers as eight-point favorites to beat the Browns this Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. That seems like a reasonable betting line, that is, until you remember that the number eight is only slightly higher than the amount of turnovers Pittsburgh surrendered to Cleveland in Week 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium: six. Six sounds almost like “sucks,” which is what the Browns have done a lot of in recent years—including the previous two seasons, in-which they won a grand-total of one game. But, regardless of a team’s talent-level or history of losing, if you turn the football over to it six times in one game, that team will likely find a way to beat you. Unfortunately, Cleveland couldn’t even do that, as the Steelers somehow managed to escape their mistake-filled regular season lid-lifter with a 21-21 tie. The Steelers probably won’t get that lucky again this Sunday, not if they’re again that careless—and if the Browns have anything to say about it Dan McCullers Jersey , they just might be. You see, there’s one thing the Browns don’t suck at—at least not in 2018—and that’s causing other football teams to be careless with the rock. Through seven games, Cleveland’s defense, one designed by Gregg Williams, the always aggressive defensive coordinator, has a bountiful amount of takeaways with 20, a number that tops the NFL. If that number looks familiar to you as a Steeler fan, it’s because it’s roughly what Pittsburgh’s defense has averaged for entire seasons for quite some time—including the previous two, when Keith Butler’s unit tallied 45 takeaways, total.That’s right, for all its huffing and puffing and blowing quarterbacks down the past 22 regular season games, the Steelers’ defense still hasn’t figured out a way to parlay so many sacks—78 since Week 1 of2017—into more turnovers by the opposition. With 22 sacks through six games, Pittsburgh’s defense is on pace for 58 in 2018—a total that would break the single-season franchise record of 56 set just a year ago. Yet, with only eight takeaways so far Jesse James Color Rush Jersey , the much-maligned unit is on pace for 21—a total that would fall just below what it’s averaged the past two years. The Browns’ defense, which will come into Sunday’s game with 19 sacks on the season, is no slouch when getting after the quarterback. Cleveland’s potent pass rush was on display in Week 1, as the Browns got to Ben Roethlisberger four times, turning two of those sacks into late fumbles that almost cost Pittsburgh the game.An opportunistic defense can make up for a lot of deficiencies and keep a team in the game. In addition to forcing five turnovers by Roethlisberger—the Steelers’ quarterback was also intercepted three times in the first half—the Browns, who trailed 21-7 midway through the fourth quarter, got back into the game when defensive end Myles Garrett stripped running back James Conner of the football deep in Pittsburgh territory. Finally, some say takeaways are a matter of luck. If that’s the case, the Steelers’ defense has been one unlucky unit for the entirety of the 2010’s. If we’re being honest, takeaways are the result of amassing a bunch of defenders who have a nose for the football and a knack for prying it loose.The Browns, for all that ails them, now have a defense full of opportunists. And those opportunists could prevent the Steelers from walking away with a third-straight victory this Sunday.


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