Well the drama didn’t last very long as the Steelers have ruled out their starting Quarterback for this Sunday’s game. It’s a major blow to the offense but shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Big Ben is hampered by a variety of injuries which is have become very common in the later stages of seasons. I would write more in depth about the Ravens need to not look past the Steelers without Roethlisberger, but they just played them with Leftwhich under center two weeks ago. This time it is Charlie Batch who will be playing QB who is even less of a threat throwing the ball. Batch has been miserable throwing the football for over a decade now but is darn good at holding a clipboard. It is going to be a rough day for the Steelers offense unless Batch suddenly evolves into a Quarterback. The running game is a bit of a mystery as well after they coughed the ball up on a regular basis. Dwyer figures to be the lead back, but the hot hand is likely to lead the team in carries. Dwyer is the one that scares me the most so the Ravens have to prepare for a heavy dose of the young RB.
The Steelers will get some insurance on the defense with Troy Polamalu expected to return. His snaps may be limited but his effectiveness should be felt all over the defense. He is the leader of their defense to a similar level as Ray Lewis is to the Ravens. He of course also has a ton of talent. It has yet to be seen how much he actually has left, but the Steelers D is always better with him on the field. Pittsburgh has fared very well on defense without him, so it is a bit scary to imagine what they can do with him. For that reason primarily, Baltimore should be expecting a hard fought game.