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Steelers, Ravens both will blitz

11/1/2007

This week's "Monday Night Football" game (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens will be a blitz fest. These are two physical, aggressive defenses that attempt to control the game at all times.

The Steelers and Ravens are the top two teams in the league in terms of blitzing, so expect a game in which the quarterbacks are forced to quickly get rid of the ball to avoid the myriad of rushers coming at them.

What makes these two teams so good at blitzing is they do an excellent job of breaking down pass protections. Last season, the Ravens did a particularly good job of this in the two games against the Steelers. In those games, the Ravens sacked the Steelers' quarterbacks a combined 14 times.