What: Steelers (9-5) at Ravens (4-10)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
Watch: Ravens Kickoff at 12 pm on CSN, 1pm kickoff on CBS.
Five questions to ask:
1. What realistic chance do the Ravens have to slow down the Steelers’ offense?
Answer: Almost none.
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play when the Ravens beat the Steelers in Week 4. This time, Roethlisberger figures to do major damage, throwing to wide receivers Antonio Brown (116 catches, 1,586 yards, nine touchdowns) and Martavis Bryant (six touchdowns, 15.6 yards per catch). The Steelers make big plays routinely and the Ravens give up big plays too often. Simply put, this is a bad matchup for the Ravens defense.
2. Is there a formula for a Ravens’ upset?
Answer. Controlling the football and keeping Roethlisberger off the field.
The Ravens need a big day from running back Buck Allen, who was benched last week after fumbling early in the game.
3. Will the Steelers suffer a letdown?
The Steelers don’t have a playoff spot locked up, and a loss would be devastating. And the Steelers and Ravens always look forward to playing each other.
4. Who’s the player to watch in the Ravens’ injury-depleted offense?
Answer: Wide receiver Kamar Aiken.
He had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers in Week 4. With 802 receiving yards, Aiken has a chance for a 1,000-yard season with a strong finish in the Ravens’ final two games.
5. Will this be a home game in name only?
Answer: It could turn into a Steelers’ crowd, especially if the Ravens fall behind early.
Plenty of Steelers fans will be ticket-hunting, and some Ravens fans could be in a selling mood, with their team out of the playoff hunt. It won’t be the home field advantage the Ravens usually enjoy when facing the Steelers.
Prediction: It’s hard to see the Ravens having enough firepower to keep pace with the potent Steelers.
STEELERS 30, RAVENS 16