Fullback Alan Ricard acts as a decoy up the middle. Ideally, that approach would only leave
one or two defenders unblocked for Lewis to contend with. Expect Lewis to get the football quite often tonight as he chases the elusive 2,000-yard mark and
Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards.
Flynn draws a bullish assignment in the stocky, 320-pound, two-gapper. Hampton is a Pro Bowl selection who's an expert at clogging up the line of scrimmage. Flynn will need all of his tenacity, agility and strategy to move Hampton around. Hampton is one of the strongest players in the NFL. The former University of Texas Longhorn can bench press over 500 pounds.
When the Steelers have the football: Anticipate a possible gadget play or two from crafty offensive coordinator
Mike Mularkey. It's the perfect situation for trickery since Pittsburgh has
relatively little to play for other than pride and bragging rights. The Steelers like to employ the fade pattern to Plaxico Burress, intermediate routes to Hines Ward with Antwaan Randle El crossing across the middle. Plus, they have bruising power back Jerome Bettis to stomp between the tackles.
Suggs leads Baltimore and all NFL rookies with a dozen sacks. The Ravens lead the NFL with 40 sacks. Pittsburgh has already surrendered 36 sacks and will be without offensive tackle Marvel Smith. He was placed on injured reserve this week with a neck injury. The Steelers are 3-1 in games Smith started and finished, 2-8 when he doesn't.