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NFL Research: Steelers at Ravens

Heading into Sunday's matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, NFL Research gets you caught up with some key game facts for each team.

Note:The winner of this week 9 matchup will take sole possession of first place in the AFC North. *

Game facts: Pittsburgh Steelers
Now that's close:
  In 19 career games coaching head-to-head (including playoffs), John Harbaugh has 10 wins and Mike Tomlin has nine.

Both slumping:  The Ravens and Steelers are each on a skid of their own right now. After starting 3-0, the Ravens have lost their last four; meanwhile, the Steelers have lost two straight after a 4-1 start. 

The Big Three:  Since 2013, the Steelers are 22-12 when Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown all play (including playoffs). They are 12-12 in all other games. 

Where's the pass rush?:  The Steelers have just eight sacks this season (last in NFL). 

Not exactly a 'Steel Curtain':  The Steelers defense allows 6.1 yards per play (28th in NFL) and 283.4 pass yards per game (26th in NFL). 

Game facts: Baltimore Ravens

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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