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Steelers vs Ravens: AFC North Division Foes Battle in Baltimore

Week 2 of the National Football League season opens with a dandy as Pittsburgh heads to Baltimore for a classic AFC North Division clash. The Steelers were up early but needed a last second field goal to win last week while the Ravens allowed a 77-yard TD strike in the final minute to drop their season opener. This Thursday Night Football prime time battle is slated for 8:25 PM ET on September 11, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.

Steel City Crew owe Week 1 win to their studs on offense

Despite leading 27-3 at halftime, the Steelers needed a 41-yard Shaun Suisham field goal to survive a scare at home versus Cleveland on Sunday. Against what was projected to be a fairly solid Browns defense, Pittsburgh surprised many by posting 503 total yards – including a combined 197 yards (109 RY + 88 PY) from sophomore running back Le’Veon Bell. After completing 23 of 34 passes for 365 yards against the likes of Cleveland All Pro CB Joe Haden, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger faces a rather ordinary Ravens secondary in this contest tonight.

Ravens look to avoid back-to-back season opening loses at home

Acknowledging that it’s only Week 2 of the NFL 2014 schedule – this is a huge game for Baltimore. The Ravens lost at home to AFC North rival Cincinnati last week and face another divisional foe – again at home. Losing two straight in their own yard, plus being down two divisional tie-breakers, could doom Baltimore later in the year. As the turmoil surrounding the Ravens and RB Ray Rice continues to bubble in Baltimore – the ripple effects could lead to a total team meltdown or moral boost that could come from a “we can win without Rice” mantra.

NFL 2014 Week Two Prediction: Emotions will play a huge role here but they always do when these bitter rivals clash. These teams have split the two-game season series the last two years and the past five games have been decided by three points four times and two points once – a Ravens 22-20 win at M&T Bank Stadium in November last year. Though one game is a small sample size, we see two fairly average defenses in this game and feel the better offense wins here – which happens to be the Steelers. Back the Steel City Crew!

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore NFL Week 2 - Wagering Lines

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore NFL Week 2 - Wagering Lines

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