AFC North: audibles AFC 10
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Indianapolis Colts (4-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2), 4:15 p.m. ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers face an always dangerous Indianapolis Colts squad as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) remains a game-time decision.
Pittsburgh has a tough decision to make with Roethlisberger because it has to consider its long-term prospects, but at the same time the Steelers cannot afford to drop many home games during the second half of the season. Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich will get the start if Roethlisberger cannot go. Last week Leftwich filled in well, throwing for 129 yards and a touchdown in two quarters during a 23-6 victory over the Washington Redskins.
This contest was going to be tough regardless, because it appears the Colts are finally gaining traction. They beat the New England Patriots last week and also welcomed back Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders.
Sunday marks the first of three consecutive home games for Pittsburgh, which offers the team a chance to add to its momentum. The Steelers also face the San Diego Chargers (3-5) Nov. 16 and the Cincinnati Bengals (1-8) at Heinz Field Nov. 20.
Baltimore Ravens (5-3) at Houston Texans (3-5), 1 p.m. ET
This was a game that was scheduled for Week 2, but damage to Reliant Stadium caused by Hurricane Ike forced the NFL to reschedule. Now both teams meet Sunday with higher stakes in November.
The Ravens have won three straight and positioned themselves well through the first half of the season. Baltimore is riding high offensively, having scored a season-high 37 points last week in a victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens have averaged an impressive 31 points the past three games.
Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco and tailback Ray Rice have been red hot and are no longer playing like first-year players. The defense has been solid for the most part and expects a healthy Samari Rolle (neck) to return Sunday. Rolle's return is needed to help negate the strong receiving corps of Houston, led by Andre Johnson.
The Ravens are just one game behind the Steelers for first place in the AFC North. A fourth consecutive victory will continue to put pressure on Pittsburgh for the top spot, as the two teams meet again next month in Baltimore.