Ryan Mallett expected to start for the Ravens as an audition for 2016

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Authentic Omar Infante Jersey Quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to make his first start for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday when they host the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Starter Joe Flacco is on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Jimmy Clausen started the Ravens’ last two games against the Seahawks and Chiefs.

Mallett was waived by the Houston Texans on Oct. 27 after missing the team’s charter flight to Miami for their matchup with the Dolphins in Week 7. He remained a free agent for several weeks, despite working out for the Ravens shortly after Flacco was placed on injured reserve.

Perhaps the biggest reason for Kansas City’s recent run of dominance is its defense, which is fourth in the league in turnovers. Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters had a pick-six in last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and defensive lineman Tyvon Branch picked up a fumble and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown, as well. On the whole, the Chiefs’ defense is ranked eighth in the NFL.

The other major reason why the Chiefs have been so hot lately has been their ability to protect the football. Quarterback Alex Smith went 312 consecutive passes this season without throwing an interception, which is the second-longest streak of all time. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the record — that’s not bad company to be in.

Though Smith isn’t flashy, he’s almost always in control of the game. He’s also found a way to connect with dynamic wideout Jeremy Maclin, who has four touchdown catches in his last four contests.

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