Steelers' Woodley grabs Player of the Month honors

It's tricky to pinpoint exactly whether or not the Ravens are facing the Steelers at the right time.

On the one hand, Pittsburgh appears to be hitting its stride, winning its last four games and putting most of those early-season questions, particularly the ones that arose after falling to Baltimore 35-7 in Week 1, behind them.

Meanwhile, despite the recent success and perch atop the AFC North, the Steelers certainly have their share of health problems, most notably at the linebacker position. Stars James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are unlikely to play Sunday, and for the Ravens, news of the duo's absence should be especially sweet after learning that Woodley was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

Woodley, whose accolade was reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, registered 7 1/2 sacks last month, second highest in team history for a single month. Not bad considering the Hall of Fame history Pittsburgh has on defense. In the past four games, all Pittsburgh victories, Woodley has tallied 25 tackles.

Fortunately for the Ravens, a hamstring injury will likely keep Woodley restricted to the sidelines. Then again, with another installment of arguably the best rivalry in football set to commence, Baltimore players have said time and again how they want Pittsburgh to be at its best come game time. Just ask Terrell Suggs.