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Ravens Vs. Steelers

M&t Bank Stadium, 1 P.m., Ch. 13

September 19, 2004

George Kokinis, the Ravens' pro personnel director, sizes up the Steelers:

Strength of offense

Interior of line. Left guard Alan Faneca, center Jeff Hartings and right guard Keydrick Vincent are fundamentally sound and tough. They don't get penalized a lot, they're on the right guys and they stay with their blocks. This is a group that takes pride in the Steelers' mentality of running the football.

Strength of defense

Front seven. They've been together for a while and they know each other. The only new starter is left outside linebacker Clark Haggans, who can put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. Ravens center Casey Rabach will have his hands full with nose tackle Casey Hampton. He's a big bear in there.

Key matchup

Ravens NT Maake Kemoeatu vs. Steelers C Jeff Hartings. Hartings is a physical guy, but he has good feet and isn't an all-out mauler. He has strong hands and is smart, knowing the veteran moves. So, this is going to be a big test for Kemoeatu, who is replacing the injured Kelly Gregg. Kemoeatu played well during camp and in the preseason, but playing Pittsburgh in the home opener is a different story.

GAME FACTS

Matchup

Records: Ravens 0-1, Steelers 1-0.

Line: Ravens by 4.

Vs. spread: Ravens 0-1, Steelers 1-0.

Series: Steelers lead 12-5.

Last meeting: Ravens won, 13-10, in overtime on Dec. 28, 2003, in Baltimore.

NFL rankings

Ravens offense: Overall (25), rush (22), pass (21).

Ravens defense: Overall (7), rush (10), pass (11).

Steelers offense: Overall (29), rush (17), pass (29).

Steelers defense: Overall (21), rush (3), pass (29).

Ravens injuries

Out: OT Ethan Brooks (knee); C Mike Flynn (collarbone); DT Kelly Gregg (knee); WR Travis Taylor (groin).

Probable: CB Gary Baxter (hand); DE Jarret Johnson (elbow); OT Jonathan Ogden (knee).

Steelers injuries

Doubtful: DE Chris Hoke (staph infection-arm).

Questionable: LB Kendrell Bell (groin); CB Chad Scott (groin).

Probable: G Alan Faneca (finger); QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee).

STARTING LINEUPS

Ravens offense

WR 80 Randy Hymes

LT 75 Jonathan Ogden

LG 64 Edwin Mulitalo

C 61 Casey Rabach

RG 66 Bennie Anderson

RT 78 Orlando Brown

TE 86 Todd Heap

WR 85 Kevin Johnson

QB 7 Kyle Boller

RB 31 Jamal Lewis

FB 39 Alan Ricard

Ravens defense

LE 98 Tony Weaver

NT 92 Maake Kemoeatu

RE 94 Marques Douglas

OLB 55 Terrell Suggs

ILB 56 Ed Hartwell

ILB 52 Ray Lewis

OLB 96 Adalius Thomas

CB 21 Chris McAlister

CB 28 Gary Baxter

SS 20 Ed Reed

FS 47 Will Demps

Steelers offense

WR 80 Plaxico Burress

LT 77 Marvel Smith

LG 66 Alan Faneca

C 64 Jeff Hartings

RG 68 Keydrick Vincent

RT 79 Oliver Ross

TE 84 Jerame Tuman

WR 86 Hines Ward

QB 8 Tommy Maddox

RB 22 Duce Staley

FB 35 Dan Kreider

Steelers defense

LE 91 Aaron Smith

NT 98 Casey Hampton

RE 67 K. Von Oelhoffen

OLB 53 Clark Haggans

ILB 51 James Farrior

ILB 97 Kendrell Bell

OLB 55 Joey Porter

CB 30 Chad Scott

CB 26 D. Townsend

FS 28 Chris Hope

SS 43 Troy Polamalu

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