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How will Pittsburgh get their offense going?

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How will Pittsburgh get their offense going?

The final word is in. Big Ben won't be playing Sunday, and Charlie Batch will be the quarterback. The Steelers also are still battling a lot of injuries in the backfield, and all of that leaves one big question.

What will the Steelers do on offense?

After a poor performance by the offense in last week's loss to the Browns, the Steelers are in a tough spot. Batch, despite being a veteran, hasn't played much in recent years although he was a starter earlier in his career. But Pittsburgh needs to win this game and can't afford the number of mistakes that happened last week. 

Eight turnovers will not help a team win many NFL games. In fact, the Steelers were very fortunate they didn't lose by a lot more. 

But the Steelers also are battling a lot of injuries in the backfield. So who do they turn to in this game? 

Here's guessing the Steelers will still try to lean on the running game. That's something they always seem to do. If they can find some success running the ball, then that would give them some control over the clock.

This is what they did in the game two weeks ago. The Steelers finished with 134 yards on the ground, a solid number, and that helped them control the ball for almost 33 minutes of the game. 

However, the only really long run they had was quarterback Byron Leftwich's 31-yard touchdown run on the first series. Other than that, no other Steeler ran for more than 11 yards, so the Ravens stopped them there. 

In the end, it's doubtful that the Steelers would put the whole game in Batch's hands. He just hasn't played in so long. They'll probably try to run and control the clock and pass when needed. But if the Ravens can jump out to an early lead and force the Steelers to throw, it could change a lot. 

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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