WR Plaxico Burress - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-12-1977||College: Michigan State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 8|
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Week 4: vs Baltimore Ravens
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday, September 29 that the team will 'work in (Michael Vick's) comfort zone,' and 'bring the game to him... He is (comfortable in the offense), but that doesn't mean that we're going to ask him to execute our offense in the same manner as we'd ask Ben to...'. Vick was signed on August 25 after long-time backup Bruce Gradkowski was sent to IR, so he's had about 40 days to learn the Steelers' system. What all this means to fantasy owners is that A). the team is likely to lean on the running game and Le'Veon Bell while Roethlisberger is out (estimated to be six weeks), especially in this first start of the 2015 season for Vick and B). outside of Antonio Brown, the Steelers' receivers aren't likely to have big games here in Week Four while Vick gets back up to regular-season NFL speed. We'll see how he looks on Thursday night.
The Ravens' pass D is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 291.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores offset by three interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and seven sacks (tie-eighth) generated. Andy Dalton just went off on the Ravens last week for 20/32 for 383 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -11 yards). The Ravens' pass D is more akin to turnstiles than a brick wall this year, folks.
In this intense divisional rivalry, home field advantage counts so we give Vick and company a slight edge over the Ravens - but we still think the Steelers will try to run the ball more than they pass it this week.
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