QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. QB Joe FlaccoRoethlisberger and Flacco are the undeniable leaders of their offense and their play will dictate the success of their unit. Roethlisberger established franchise records in completions (408) and passing yards (4,952) in 2014 and was named to his third Pro Bowl. In his last matchup versus Baltimore on Nov. 11th, he completed 25-of-37 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Flacco established career highs in 2014 in passing yards (3,986) and touchdowns (27) while leading the Ravens to a 10-6 record. With running back Le'Veon being declared out, the Steelers will rely more than ever on Roethlisberger's arm to defeat Baltimore.
LB Lawrence Timmons vs. LB C.J. MosleyTonight's matchup features two of the best linebackers in the league. Timmons (141) and Mosley (129) each rank in the top-10 in the NFL in tackles and received Pro Bowl honors for their efforts. Timmons was one of four defensive players to start all 16 games for the Steelers and recorded over 100 tackles for the third consecutive season. The rookie Mosley transitioned well to the NFL style of play and finished as the team's leading tackler with 129 tackles (85 solo), three sacks and two interceptions. The Steelers/Ravens rivalry has always featured solid linebackers and Timmons and Mosley fit that role.
WR Antonio Brown vs. WR Steve Smith Sr.Brown finished as the league leader in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698) and his 13 receiving touchdowns tied for second. He established new single-season records in all three categories, was named to his third Pro Bowl and received AP First-Team All-Pro honors. Smith Sr. led the Ravens in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,065) and finished second in touchdowns (six). The 14-year pro registered his eighth 1,000-yard receiving season and has brought veteran leadership to Baltimore's offense.