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Ravens vs. Steelers Week 9: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch


Ravens vs. Steelers Week 9: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

It's one of the greatest rivalries in football, and both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will be seeking redemption in this Week 9 matchup.

The Ravens (4-4) and the Steelers (4-2-1) square off at M&T Bank Stadium with the Steelers leading the regular season series 24-21. Baltimore has won four of the last seven matchups, and under John Harbaugh, the series is tied at 12-12, including the playoffs.

Ahead of the matchup, here's everything you need to know.

Seeking redemption

A must-win. It's an overused phrase in the world of sports, but for the Ravens this game is just that. After dropping their last two and finding themselves third in the AFC North behind the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, a loss Sunday would have serious implications on the Ravens' playoffs hopes.

After a stunning last second loss to the New Orleans Saints that was followed up by Cam Newton and the Panthers running all over the Ravens defense, shutting down the Steelers at home would provide the Ravens with a much-needed confidence boost.

On the other side of the field, the Steelers are seeking revenge after getting embarrassed by the Ravens on home turf during Sunday Night Football back in Week 4.

But this isn't the same team we saw back in September. Since the 26-14 loss, the Steelers have gone for over 400 yards in total offense in back-to-back games, have averaged 34 points-per-game in their last three and have won three in a row. 

With these two, throw history out the window.

Le'Veon who?

Three-time Pro Bowler Le'Veon Bell has yet to show up for the season as he waits out a long-term contract agreement. But Pittsburgh doesn't appear to be missing him.

James Conner has taken the opportunity he's been presented with in Bell's absence and literally ran with it. Last Sunday against the Browns, Conner put up 212 yards, 146 of them on the ground, and earned himself AFC Offensive Player of the Month. 

Through seven games, the running back has nine touchdowns, 599 yards and is averaging 4.72 yards-per-carry. He's also on pace to produce more rushing yards (1,369), more receiving yards (738) and more touchdowns (21) than Bell did in 2017. 

"I think it’s like, since 2015, if you look at their stats, there are a lot of stats in different categories that the Steelers are actually better without him, that they’re better in those categories since 2015 without Le’Veon," Ravens defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale said about Conner Thursday. "So, that might be why he’s riding a jet ski down in Miami right now."

The Ravens' 11th ranked rushing defense will have its hands full with Conner as he too will be seeking revenge for the 19 rushing yards they held the Steelers to in Week 4. 

Injuries are mounting for the Ravens

The Ravens have made it through much of the season without any monumental injuries, but their offensive line is starting to crumble.

Guard Alex Lewis (neck) and center Bradley Bozeman (calf) returned to the practice field Thursday, but guard James Hurst (back) and tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. To add insult to injury (pun intended) the Steelers are tied for second in the league in sacks at 24. With the O-line potentially being shuffled around, the healthy men up front will have to work extra hard to protect their QB and new running back Ty Montgomery.

Safety Tony Jefferson (hamstring), inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (thigh) and outside linebacker Tim Williams (ankle) all did not practice Thursday.

For those of you who were hoping Ben Roethlisberger's fractured left finger would limit him, you're out of luck. The quarterback was a full participant at practice Wednesday. 

Click here to see the updated injury report for Ravens-Steelers

Ravens vs. Steelers Week 9 How to Watch:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

What: Week 9 regular season

When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock

Weather: 59 degrees, sunny

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9. Ravens vs. Bills. Win, 47-3 (1-0)

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 Ravens at Bengals. Loss, 34-23 (1-1)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 Ravens vs. Broncos. Win, 27-14 (2-1)

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 Ravens at Steelers. Win, 26-14 (3-1)

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 Ravens at Browns. Loss, 12-9 (3-2)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 Ravens at Titans. Win, 21-0 (4-2)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m. Loss, 24-23 (4-3)

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m. Loss 36-21 (4-4)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 @ Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.

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Willie Snead on what it's like playing with Lamar Jackson

Willie Snead on what it's like playing with Lamar Jackson

Willie Snead puts it best when thinking about how bright Lamar Jackson’s future is: “I can’t even imagine.”

Jackson’s meteoric rise from the fifth quarterback taken in the 2018 draft to prohibitive MVP favorite is the biggest storyline in the NFL this season. Every game he seemingly tops himself with dazzling highlight runs and pinpoint throws.

And his veteran receiver as a front row seat for it all.

“He’s just playing the game right now,” Snead told NBC Sports Washington when comparing Jackson to his he previous quarterback, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. “He’s so fun to watch.”

“Fun” is putting it mildly.

Snead has played in all 28 games with the Ravens since coming to Baltimore prior to the 2018 season. He’s provided valuable leadership and made big catches, while also embracing the blocking necessary from Ravens receivers in this offense.

He’s played with Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, and now, Lamar Jackson. Not only is Jackson playing at a high level, but his unique style also makes for new obstacles for Snead and the receivers.

“It’s definitely different, keeps you on your toes,” he explained. “With Lamar, you always gotta be ready, because the play’s never dead. He can make things happen.”

Perhaps the most memorable example of this, for Snead in particular, came in a road game against the Chiefs. Jackson threw up a number of prayers during the game, including one to Snead.

“Probably the Kansas City one he threw up to me,” he answered when asked about any plays that stick out. “He’s going to the right, and throws it left, all the way across the field, and trusts me to make a play. So that was probably the craziest one.”

Trust is a key word when it comes to Jackson and his receivers.

“It’s been growing,” he describes when asked about it. “After the season last year [we] talked for a little bit, and he told me what he wanted to do and how he felt about this year. I just told him ‘Bro, I’m here to help you.’ We just have to put in the time, put in the work. As you can see, it’s starting to pay off.”

You can watch Snead’s full interview with NBC Sports Washington here.


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Ravens looking for playoff berth, AFC North title in trip to Buffalo

Ravens looking for playoff berth, AFC North title in trip to Buffalo

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens haven’t had to stress too much over the last month or so of football.

Aside from a last-second win over the 49ers, the Ravens have climbed to the top of the AFC standings, and with four games to play, control their destiny for home-field advantage. 

But while the Bills aren’t in first place in their division, Sunday’s game at New Era Field could be one that has a large impact on the AFC standings. 

“We know the goal is to win the game, and what follows with that is what follows with that,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I did mention to the team, I said, ‘Where are we? We’re nowhere until we get there. And when we get there, we’ll be there. And we’ll take it from there.’ How’s that? That’s actually pretty good.

At 10-2, the Ravens are in pole position headed to the final quarter of the season. But the slope that they sit atop of is quite slippery. 

A loss to the 9-3 Bills would tie the two teams in the standings, with the Bills then owning the tiebreaker with just three games to play.

In that scenario, the AFC East champion Bills would have the inside track to home-field advantage in the playoffs over the Ravens. 

“We're not looking at everything like, ‘Oh my gosh, we're unstoppable,’ or anything like that,” Josh Bynes said. “Because it's any given Sunday, and we know how this league works. Any team can come out and beat you at any given moment. So, all we're focused on right now is just winning one game at a time and just taking it day by day and game by game.”

The Bills offense has took a turn for the better in recent weeks, as quarterback Josh Allen has thrown just one interception since Week 5. But the true strength of the Bills is their defense, which has kept them in games all season long. 

It’s yet another top defense that the Ravens will have to go through on their stretch of top defenses. 

“I think they're very talented,” Orlando Brown Jr. said. “I think they play very hard, and they've got a great scheme and a ton of great players in great positions. Their defensive backs are playing really well. They have a great group of front seven, again. It seems like we can't get a break, but it's all good.”

Buffalo’s defense ranks third in yards-allowed-per game (300) and third in pass yards allowed (195.8).

Baltimore is set to catch a break before the game even starts, as the weather in Buffalo is predicted to be mild — for New York. The projected high temperature is 45 degrees, and no snow is in the forecast.

“I don’t really care about cold games,” Lamar Jackson said. “I played at Louisville, so there were a lot of cold games there. And last year, I played here, so it is what it is. But I’d rather it not be raining and cold. That doesn’t mix. Cold and snow, I’ve never been in that. So, I’ll find out what it’s like, and I have to play ball.”

Jackson, against another of the league’s top defensive units, will look to add an exclamation point to his MVP resume. 

Should he do that and the Ravens win, they’ll clinch a playoff berth. And paired with a win over the Bills and a Steelers loss, they’ll have back-to-back AFC North titles. 

“It's going to be a good test,” Michael Pierce said. “I think it'll be another playoff-type atmosphere there on the road. They're 9-3. Josh Allen is playing really well, and we know the kind of (running) back Frank Gore is. And (Devin) Singletary is pretty smooth, too, so yes, they have a good team. It'll be a good game.”