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                === Steelers turn to Leftwich against Ravens ===
 
 (Sports Network) - The next chapter in one of the NFL's most heated rivalries
 lost a little of its luster when Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
 went down with shoulder and rib injuries.
 
 Veteran Byron Leftwich will now start at quarterback in the Steelers' key AFC
 North divisional matchup against the first place Baltimore Ravens.
 
 That doesn't bode well for Pittsburgh, which is 0-4 against the Ravens without
 Roethlisberger ever since the two-time Super Bowl winner entered the NFL in
 2004.
 
 The Steelers enter Sunday night's contest trailing Baltimore by one game for
 the top spot in the division as Leftwich gets set to make his first start
 since Sept. 27, 2009 when he was with Tampa Bay.
 
 The veteran Marshall product replaced Roethlisberger in the third quarter of
 the Steelers' 16-13 overtime victory over the Chiefs on Monday after Big Ben
 sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder. Leftwich finished
 with pedestrian numbers, completing 7- of-14 passes for 73 yards, but stayed
 away from the big mistake as he steered Pittsburgh to the win.
 
 A further examination of Roethlisberger revealed he also suffered a
 dislocation of his first rib, a far more serious problem which could puncture
 his aorta if the rib moves a certain way when hit.
 
 The two-time Pro Bowl selection could conceivably be out for the rest of the
 season especially if the Steelers don't extend things by making the playoffs.
 
 "I don't think so. I don't know, though, but I'm not a medical expert,"
 Roethlisberger said when asked if his injuries could cost him the rest of the
 year. "I just know I'm going to do what I can to get back."
 
 Shaun Suisham finished things on Monday for the Steelers by booting a 23-yard
 field goal less than a minute into overtime.
 
 Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop had sent the game into an extra session with a 46-
 yard field goal as time expired in regulation before Kansas City got the first
 possession of overtime. It wouldn't last long however, as Matt Cassel was
 intercepted by Lawrence Timmons on the second play from scrimmage.
 
 Timmons returned the pick 23 yards to the Kansas City 5-yard line and Suisham
 trotted out on the next play for the game-winning gimmee.
 
 "The guys made the necessary plays to get out of the stadium with the win,"
 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "Big time kudos to all the people that made
 the plays, particularly Lawrence Timmons, what a big play there for us in
 overtime."
 
 "We just stayed positive," added Timmons. "It's easy to get down, but we are
 not like that. We stand up and face adversity."
 
 Jonathan Dwyer finished with 56 yards rushing on 19 carries to help the
 Steelers earn their fourth straight victory and improve to 4-0 in Western
 Pennsylvania this season.
 
 The Ravens, meanwhile, kept chugging along last Sunday, dismantling the
 Oakland Raiders 55-20 at M&T Bank Stadium. Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards,
 three touchdowns and one interception on 21-of-33 passing in that one.
 
 Torrey Smith caught two touchdown passes for a total of 67 yards and Dennis
 Pitta added five catches for 67 yards and a score for the Ravens, who
 established a new franchise record for most points in one game and won their
 15th consecutive regular- season game in the Charm City.
 
 "Obviously, we had success," said Flacco. "We ran the game plan and it worked
 well. We stuck with it. We scored points early and continued to score."
 
 Ray Rice ran for 35 yards and a score on 13 carries and Jacoby Jones chipped
 in with a 105-yard kickoff return for a score in Baltimore's second straight
 win. Jones became the  first player in NFL history with two career 105-plus
 yard kick-return touchdowns after previously tying the NFL record with a 108-
 yard kick-return touchdown in Week 6 against Dallas.
 
 "That was a heck of a team victory in all three phases of the game," Ravens
 coach John Harbaugh said. "I was really pleased with the way we played and the
 way we finished."
 
 Pittsburgh still leads the all-time series with Baltimore 18-14 but the Ravens
 have won four of the past six, including last year's bout in the Steel City, a
 23-20 thriller won when Flacco hooked up with Smith on a 26-yard touchdown
 pass with just eight seconds left.
 
 
 WHAT TO WATCH FOR
 
 The Steelers had more passing yards than the Chiefs on Monday, the 16th
 straight home game in which they have had more than their opponents,
 matching the 2000-01 "Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams for the longest
 streak in NFL history.
 
 That could be difficult to extend this week without Roethlisberger but there
 are worse options for Pittsburgh than Leftwich, a veteran who will not be
 overwhelmed by the moment. The seventh overall pick by the Jacksonville
 Jaguars in the 2003 draft, Leftwich has a 24-25 career record as a starter
 while completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 10,333 yards with 58
 touchdowns and 41 interceptions.
 
 "Byron is a great player. He's been doing this for a long time," said
 Roethlisberger. "I know he's going to go out there and give it his all."
 
 Leftwich admitted to experiencing some rust against the Chiefs and should be
 more equipped to handle things on Sunday after a week of repetitions with the
 first team offense.
 
 "We got a lot of ball in front of us this week," Tomlin said. "If (Leftwich)
 is the guy, he'll get a great opportunity to prepare and we'll expect him to
 play winning football."
 
 Without Roethlisberger, the Steelers will likely rely on their running game to
 an even higher degree, which could be troublesome considering Dwyer and Isaac
 Redman combined for just 77 yards on 27 carries against Kansas City. The
 Pittsburgh ground game did average over 140 yards and 4.5 per carry in the
 team's previous three games, however.
 
 Redman also told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that it "looks like" Rashard
 Mendenhall will return from an Achilles injury to start.  Mendenhall, who once
 ran for 1,273 yards back in 2010, missed the first three games of this season
 as he continued to recover from a torn ACL and missed the previous four with
 the Achilles injury.
 
 While Baltimore has been successful as usual this season, it has been
 doing things in a far different manner. The Ravens typically sport one of the
 NFL's toughest defenses but currently rank 27th in the league in yards allowed
 (390.2) and  26th against the pass (258.2). The injuries to All-Pro middle
 linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) and top cornerback  Lardarius Webb (ACL) have
 obviously taken a toll. The embattled group is expected to get a boost with
 the return of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), who sat out against
 the Raiders.
 
 Defensively the Steelers lead the NFL in both overall defense (265.7 yards a
 game) and pass defense 171.1 ypg) despite being without star safety Troy
 Polamalu (calf) for the majority of the season. Polamalu remains doubtful for
 Sunday but fellow safety Ryan Clark, who  suffered his second concussion in
 three games against Kansas City, should be ready to go.
 
 
 OVERALL ANALYSIS
 
 The Ravens come in having won 11 straight versus AFC North foes and are 4-0
 versus the Steelers when Roethlisberger has been unable to go. Meanwhile,
 despite the problems on defense Baltimore is third in the AFC with a plus-nine
 turnover ratio.
 
 About the only thing the Steelers have working in their favor is Heinz Field
 but that won't be enough to even things in the division without Big Ben.
 
 Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ravens 23, Steelers 13
 
 11/16 09:25:12 ET