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Steelers QB Batch will start Week Four

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By PFW staff

Charlie Batch came a long way from being the Steelers' third-string veteran QB a few weeks ago. After looking good in his Week Three start, Batch will start again in Week Four when the Steelers face the Ravens.

Batch, a 13-year veteran, was 12-of-17 passing for 186 yards with 3 TDs and 2 INTs in the Steelers' 38-13 win over the Bucs on Sunday. Batch even added a 24-yard run during the game. His start was due to Dennis Dixon's knee injury and Byron Leftwich still not at 100 percent.

"He's a man who's taken advantage of an opportunity, and you've got to be happy for him" said head coach Mike Tomlin.

Ben Roethlisberger will return from his four-game suspension for the Steelers' Week Five bye and return to the helm in Week Six.

The way we see it

Batch showed he still had the arm strength to throw down the field, as evidenced by a pair of TD passes of 46 and 41 yards to Mike Wallace, but the 41-yard score could have been intercepted, and Batch threw two other picks. Wallace's speed and the Steelers' willingness to attack deep could test a Ravens secondary without FS Ed Reed, but Batch must avoid the big mistake in what could be a close game.

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