The Baltimore Sun's staff picks for Ravens vs. Steelers

Ravens 20, Steelers 17


Ray Rice says to throw out the records when these teams play. Fine. But the Ravens are on a roll and the Steelers look like they're rolling off a cliff. If Pittsburgh plays without Ben Roethlisberger, it's toast.

Ravens 17, Steelers 13

The Steelers won't be an easy out despite the injuries that have wreaked havoc on both sides of the ball. But the Ravens are just too strong at home and should be able to squeak out a close one.

Ravens 14, Steelers 6

The Ravens are on a roll and the Steelers are on the decline. Pittsburgh can still play defense, but the Steelers have no offense.

Ravens 23, Steelers 13

Don't see the Steelers coming into M&T Bank Stadium and accomplishing much unless Big Ben makes a surprise entrance. Even then, the Ravens win, though it would be a lot closer.

Matt Vensel

Ravens 25, Steelers 16

Assuming Roethlisberger doesn't play for the Steelers, the Ravens should take care of business at home against their rivals and sweep the season series for a second straight year.

Aaron Wilson


Ravens 24, Steelers 13

Despite the anticipated return of Roethlisberger, the Steelers are unable to stop the sweep of the season series for a second consecutive year. The potent tandem of Ray Rice and Torrey Smith puts the Ravens over the top for AFC North supremacy.

Ravens 24, Steelers 17

Regardless of who is playing quarterback for Pittsburgh, the Ravens want nothing more than to knock their hated rival out of the division race, and they'll get it done behind an offense that hasn't been stopped often at home.