Staff picks for Sunday night's Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh
By The Baltimore Sun
Dec 07, 2017 | 12:45 PM
Ravens coach John Harbaugh discusses respectful rivalry with Steelers. (Childs Walker/Baltimore Sun video)
Staff picks for Sunday night’s game between the Ravens and Steelers in Pittsburgh:
Ravens 24, Steelers 21
The Steelers, who had to play a tough physical game Monday, shouldn’t be able to run the ball the way they did during the last matchup now that Brandon Williams is back. If the defense can stop Antonio Brown and pressure Ben Roethlisberger and if the offense can come out aggressively as it did last week, the Ravens might be able to pull off an upset.
This game looks a lot better than it did a couple weeks ago thanks to the Ravens enjoying a three-game winning streak. But those good vibes will disappear under the weight of Pittsburgh’s top-flight offense.
Steelers 27, Ravens 21
The Ravens play the Steelers tough in Pittsburgh and the Steelers are coming off a rough, emotional game against the Bengals. New England and Pittsburgh are the two best teams in the AFC because of their respective quarterbacks. If QB Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, the Steelers win in another close game.
There is a case to be made that the Ravens are primed to win this game and position themselves very well to reach the playoffs, but Big Ben and company have spit the hook so many times this year that it's hard to bet against the Steelers.
The Ravens could stamp themselves as legitimate contenders with a victory and Heinz Field always seems to bring out the best in them, but it's tough to go against a team that has Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown all peaking at this point of the season.