The Baltimore Ravens (5-6) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) will take to the field on Thursday night for a Thanksgiving showdown, and the Ravens are out for redemption after falling to the Steelers in Week 7. The game will be broadcast on NBC and kickoff is set for 8:30pm EST on NBC at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
So trade the turkey for the pigskin, because there is never a dull moment when these two teams play.
Here’s a look at what the Ravens have to do to beat their rival on Thanksgiving.
Cut off Antonio Brown
Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown has been on fire this season. At this point, it seems like there isn’t a matchup that he couldn’t win. Brown has gotten at least a touchdown in the past two games and caught six or more receptions in the past three.
When the Ravens and the Steelers met in October, the Ravens were able to keep Brown to six receptions for 50 yards and zero touchdowns. If the secondary is able to hold Brown again, the Ravens may be on their way to a victory at home.
Convert in the red zone
The Ravens have seemed to struggle in the red zone recently, relying on kicker Justin Tucker to put points on the board. The kicker sent four field goals through the uprights last Sunday against the New York Jets.
Thursday night’s game will be a little different. The Steelers have hit a hot streak in the past three weeks and they are showing no signs of slowing down. The Ravens are going to have to find the end zone against the Steelers when they reach the red zone.
Keep running the ball
Week after week, the Ravens’ run game has struggled. There was a spark of hope in Week 11 when running back Ray Rice ran for a season high 131 yards against the Chicago Bears. Prior to that game, the most that Rice had run for in a single game was 74 yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.
The Steelers’ defense has had problems with stopping the run this season, so this may be a good chance for the Ravens to put the running backs in effect.