Intriguing Game- Week Nine
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
Steelers: When everything was starting off for them, they were considered to be the best team in the AFC and to some, maybe the league. In week six, Ben goes down with a torn meniscus and without him, they struggle and I mean struggle big time. Their offense is a machine with Ben under center and he and Antonio Brown have arguably become the best quarterback/receiver tandem in the league. Without number seven on the field, they look out of sync and sometimes lost and for the Steelers to reach the Super Bowl or even advance in the playoffs, they need a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, plain and simple. He makes them that much better of a team. The reports have surfaced that Ben might be able to play on Sunday, but nothing is certain at this point. Even if he doesn’t play, they still do have Brown and Le’Veon Bell which is enough to score some points on a struggling Ravens team right now.
Ravens: At one point, the Ravens were one of the few unbeaten teams remaining and they won their first three games of the season granted it was against Buffalo, the Browns, and Jaguars but at the end of the day, wins are won no matter who you play. It hasn’t been all that great of a time for the Ravens in the last few weeks. They’ve lost four games in a row including an upset victory at the hands of the struggling New York Jets. The problem is the Ravens are way too dependent on a 37-year-old wide receiver in Steve Smith. He’s been sidelined with some injuries over the last few games and nobody else on that offense has been able to pick it up. The Ravens are also struggling to run the football as well. They are coming off their bye week and looking to regroup with November here and in full effect.
Steelers Player To Watch: Jesse James– With Heath Miller retiring and Ladarius Green on and off the field because of injuries, Jesse has become a very key piece to the Steelers passing attack. With secondaries always so locked in on stopping AB, this will open up the middle of the field on third down and other passing situations.
Ravens Player To Watch: Timmy Jernigan– The Ravens defensive line has been stout all season long. They’ve stayed healthy and they’ve been very effective and Timmy is the reason why. He’ll need to have a huge game against the Steelers especially when it comes to stopping Le”Veon Bell and their running attacks.
Prediction: It’s not the rivalry it once was, but these two will always give us some entertaining battles. Last year, the Ravens swept the series, including an upset last December in Baltimore that temporarily knocked the Steelers out the playoff picture. I like the Steelers to get back on track in this one. Steelers 20 Ravens 13