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Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

* In his "Rivalry/Upset of the Week," SportingNews.com's Vinnie Iyer expects the Ravens to edge the Steelers by a field goal.

The Steelers can smell the opportunity to get right back into the AFC North race, and the Ravens will be aware of that fact, too. Their physical lack of affection will be seen as the defenses try to smack wood on anyone who comes close to the ball. But the Ravens have done more pushing around of their hated rivals of late, and having the better pass rush and the sturdier line sets them up to steal another one in Pittsburgh. Ravens 19, Steelers 16.

* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco disagrees with Iyer. He thinks the Steelers will win at home, 22-17.

The Steelers are coming off their first victory of the season last week against the Jets, while the Ravens lost at home to the Packers. The Steelers have lost twice already at home. But I think they end the streak here. Look for Ben Roethlisberger to make some of those patented escape throws for big plays.

* John Breech of CBSSports.com believes the Ravens will lose by a field goal, 20-17.

* Only two of CBSSports.com's eight NFL analysts -- Jason La Canfora and Dave Richard -- think the Ravens will beat the Steelers.

* Yahoo Sports' Les Carpenter and Frank Schwab both predict a win for the Ravens.

* On ESPN.com, 12 of the 13 analysts pick the Steelers. Only Seth Wickersham likes the Ravens.

* For Showtime's Inside the NFL, Phil Simms takes the Ravens, but Cris Collinsworth and Rod Woodson -- this week's special guest -- both expect the Steelers to win.

NFL power rankings roundup

* ESPN.com lists the Ravens at No. 12, down three spots from last week.

Ravens rushers were hit in the backfield on nine of 21 designed runs Sunday, their most since Week 1 of the 2010 season against the Jets. The Steelers are up next.

* ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley explains ESPN.com's process for determining the Ravens' spot.

This is the right spot for the Ravens. Baltimore is 3-3 for the first time since 2009, and its biggest win has come against the No. 14 Dolphins. It's actually the Ravens' only win this season against a team that currently has a winning record.

* ProFootballTalk puts the Ravens at No. 11 this week, down four spots from the previous rankings.

They may need to fire a coordinator in December again.

* On FoxSports.com, former Ravens coach Brian Billick keeps the Ravens at No. 13 -- the same spot they had last week in his rankings.

The Ravens lost at home for just the fourth time in their last 30 games while Ray Rice posted his fourth game of the year with fewer than 40 rushing yards.

* Prisco drops the Ravens three spots this week, to No. 12.

Where is the running game? At some point, they have to get Ray Rice untracked. Can they do it at Pittsburgh?

* Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com ranks the Ravens at No. 13, which is two spots higher than last week.

I think the Ravens are better than a .500 team, but right now I can't prove it. Joe Flacco was sacked five times by a Packers team without Clay Matthews.

* NFL.com's Elliot Harrison places the Ravens at No. 15, down three spots from last week.

The play-calling leaves something to be desired in Baltimore, where Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are mired in a full-blown committee that has neither producing. The Ravens were a pitiful 2 for 14 on third down Sunday. This team clearly misses Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta.

* The Ravens drop to No. 12 in this week's AP Pro32 poll, two spots lower than last week.

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