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Game facts: Steelers at Ravens

More than a rivalry:  The winner of this week 9 matchup between Baltimore and Pittsburgh will take sole possession of first place in the AFC North. 

No blowouts:  Since 2008, Baltimore has been in 21 games decided by eight points or fewer (most such games in NFL).

Passing more:  Since 2015, the Ravens have a pass play percentage of 65.4 (2nd-highest in NFL). From 2008-2014 (first seven seasons in Joe Flacco era), the Ravens had a pass percentage of 54.4 (28th-highest in NFL). 

Flacco struggling:  Despite tying Drew Brees for the most pass attempts per game this season (44.0), Joe Flacco is averaging just 6.0 pass yards per attempt (30th in NFL). 

Mind-blowing stat:  Since 2013, Flacco has the second-lowest passer rating in the NFL (80.9) among QBs who have at least 35 starts. 

Top-teir defense:  The Ravens rank 6th or better in total YPG allowed (4th), rush YPG allowed (4th), takeaways (T-6th) and third down stop percentage (3rd). 

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