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NFL Week 9 CBS Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens Preview

By PFF Preview Team
Nov 1, 2018

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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – CBS, 1:00 PM

Big Ben’s receivers doing work

Only one quarterback has benefited more from yards after the catch than Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger has 2,319 passing yards this season, 56.1% of those yards have come after the catch, the second-highest mark.

Just a tad off

To say Ben Roethlisberger has been a “little off” this season might be an understatement. Combine 46 inaccurate throws with 13 turnover-worthy plays, and it isn’t a huge reach to wonder if Big Ben is beginning to fslow down.

Watt performing well against the run

18 total run stops with 21 total tackles (both third among edge defenders) and it’s no wonder T.J. Watt has earned an impressive 83.8 run defense grade this season.

Hilton holdin’ down the slot

Mike Hilton has performed well in the slot for the Steelers this year, forcing seven total incompletions and allowing zero total touchdowns.

Flacco loves going deep

After posting the lowest deep pass percentage in 2017 (8.6), Joe Flacco has gone back to airing it out. His 14.0 deep pass percentage is currently tied for the eighth-highest among eligible quarterbacks.

Flacco not exactly elite when going deep

While Flacco has shown a willingness to go deep more often, it hasn’t exactly produced good results. His deep passer rating of 52.1 ranks 33rd among quarterbacks and is nearly half of the NFL average.

Best secondary in the NFL?

One of the reasons the Ravens are consistently named as a top secondary in the league is due to their ability to limit yards after the catch. They’ve allowed only 2.81 yards after the catch per reception allowed, the lowest mark in the league.

Pay attention to Humphrey vs. Smith

Marlon Humphrey has allowed a passer rating of 83.6 into his coverage, while JuJu Smith-Schuster has generated a passer rating of 92.9 when targeted. While all eyes will be on Antonio Brown, don’t forget about this key matchup in the secondary.

PFF Greenline has projections for the spread, moneyline and over/under of the Steelers’ matchup with the Ravens. Get its picks here.

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