Flacco, Roethlisberger traveled similar paths

It’s a good time to find out if Joe Flacco is Ben Roethlisberger. Both are 6-foot-5, both have huge arms. Neither went to a football factory, BCS power school. Both were first round picks by an AFC North team with a great defense. Both were given the keys to the franchise early in their careers.

Where they part ways is in the “big win” department.

Ben has many, and a ring to boot. Flacco is looking for his biggest win of his young professional career on Sunday. Should he make plays and beat the No. 1 defense in the NFL — (a defense possibly going down as one of the best in modern history) — we’re looking at a new star in the League.

One injury note: Ray Rice is out with a leg contusion.

Scott Hanson reporting from Baltimore

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