The Ali-Frazier of the NFL

The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is the Ali-Frazier of the NFL, but this year with a twist

Originally Published: November 3, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is the NFL's version of Ali-Frazier, but for this rematch, the boxers might change their styles. Normally, the Steelers' defense loves to thrive on the zone blitz to harass quarterbacks. But last week, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin let the corners play man-to-man and the Steelers were able to hold Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to 198 passing yards. Teams that use man coverage against the Ravens often have success because it creates matchup problems against Ravens ...

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