NFL Sunday Preview: Steelers at Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will meet each other in a divisional matchup on Sunday.
These two teams have a storied history with each other, and Pittsburgh leads the all-time series by a 28-24 margin. The last time these teams played each other, Baltimore was victorious by a 28-10 score. Baltimore has won the last two meetings between these two teams.
Pittsburgh has weapons to counter Ravens
Pittsburgh has a bunch of players to watch in this game, most notably quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. On the season, Roethlisberger has 13 touchdowns and four interceptions to go along with 1446 passing yards. In the team’s last game against the Titans, he went 24-of-32 on the afternoon, for 268 yards.
Another player to watch for Pittsburgh would be wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. He caught nine passes for 85 yards in his last game, and he has been a viable option on offense for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have done a nice job of balancing the running and passing attack. They will certainly need to do that against a tough Baltimore defense. Baltimore is not afraid to rush the quarterback, and the talented defensive line will be coming after Ben Roethlisberger
Baltimore heads into Sunday soaring following win
In their last game, the Baltimore Ravens narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by a 30-28 score. Lamar Jackson went 16-of-27 on the afternoon, throwing for 186 yards and a touchdown. He proved equally as effective on the ground carrying the ball nine times for 108 yards and another touchdown.
One thing to watch for the Steelers is the Baltimore offense against the Steelers defense. The Steelers allow 286.3 yards per game. That is the most in the National Football League. Baltimore averages 342.2 yards per game. Although that is near the bottom half of the league, there is no doubt that Lamar Jackson can be dangerous and make plays when needed.
Baltimore’s defence must focus on containing Schuster. After recording a great game last week, he looks to put together another top performance on Sunday. He has not had the best season to this point, but he could be turning the corner. How the Baltimore defence tries to stop him could certainly make or break scoring drives in this game.
There are many interesting subplots in this game, although most of the match-up advantages work in Baltimore’s favour so I would feel comfortable taking Baltimore in this game at the spread at -4. They have enough weapons to be able to counter the Steelers tough defense, and they should be able to get the job done. For their part, Pittsburgh should be able to give Baltimore’s offense a challenge. It will be a fun chess match to watch.
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-- by Danny the Greek