NFL Week 4: Ravens @ Steelers

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers Sun. Oct. 3rd 1pm EST

There are few divisions in the NFL that are extremely competitive every single season and even though the NFC East gets most of the attention as arguably the most competitive division in football with teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants all being great teams, the AFC North division may have eclipsed the NFC East this season as arguably the toughest division to play in with the Baltimore Ravens (2-1), Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) all looking like legitimate Super Bowl title contenders right now.

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In Week 4, two of the best teams in the AFC North division and perhaps in the entire NFL will be going head to head as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Heinz Field to take on their arch rivals in the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before the NFL regular season even began this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers were thought to be a team that was really going to struggle right out of the gate as they would have to play without their superstar quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first four games of the season.

Without Big Ben running the offense and the Pittsburgh defense still being a bit suspect, the Steelers were almost certainly headed to another rough start.

Ironically enough, the complete opposite has happened for the Pittsburgh Steelers as head coach Mike Tomlin has been able to lead his storied franchise to three straight wins to start the season. Even though the Steelers have used three different quarterbacks under center in three games with youngster Dennis Dixon and veterans Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch taking their turns, Pittsburgh has still been able to come out on top over the Atlanta Falcons (15-9), Tennessee Titans (19-11) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38-13).

Unfortunately, despite winning all three of these games and proving their doubters wrong, it has come at a cost as both Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich have gone down with injuries leaving Charlie Batch to shoulder the load until Ben Roethlisberger is done serving his suspension.

This Week 4 AFC North division showdown should be a battle between two of the league’s best defenses as superstar safety Troy Polamalu and his Steel Curtain try to keep Joe Flacco and company in check while Ray Lewis and his boys try to do the same to the Steelers ground game led by running back Rashard Mendenhall.

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As of right now, the Pittsburgh Steelers are favored to win this matchup with a -1.5 point spread, but I believe it will be the Baltimore Ravens that will come out on top in this one as they have already battled an elite defense in Week 1 against the New York Jets and were the team left standing.

This game will be without a doubt a battle from start to finish as neither team wants to give the other an advantage in the AFC North division standings, but in the end I see the Pittsburgh Steelers losing their first game of the season.

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