1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2003
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- On a day filled with mismatches, the biggest of all might have been Tommy Maddox against a Ravens defense supposedly among the NFL's best.Maddox threw three touchdowns passes, two to Hines Ward, and Pittsburgh's defense roughed up Baltimore rookie quarterback Kyle Boller in his NFL debut, a 34-15 Steelers victory Sunday that wasn't that close. Maddox, making his first season-opening start 11 years after being Denver's first-round draft pick, was everything Boller wasn't: decisive, accurate and effective in picking on the defense's mistakes. Maddox went 21-of-29 for 260 yards and didn't throw an interception, something he did only once in 11 starts last season.
Boller was placed in a difficult situation against the Steelers. He had to face one of the best defenses in a tough rivalry division game. It would've been better to let the veteran QB Chris Redman play this game and let the rookie play a few series. That said, Boller is Billick's kind of QB. He's smart, tough and cocky and should hold up well in Baltimore.
Is the passing game enough to overcome for the issues at running back?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
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