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07-2022

Ravens vs Steelers Staff Picks: Who Will Win Sunday’s Week 13 Game in Pittsburgh?

This is how Baltimore Sun sports staff see the results of Sunday afternoon’s Week 13 game between the Ravens (8-3) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1) at Heinz Field:

Jonas Schaefer, Reporter

Ravens 27, Steelers 20: Heinz Field is not the fort it has been in years past. The Cincinnati Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders won easily in Pittsburgh, and the Detroit Lions got a tie. Lamar Jackson and Ben Roethlisberger both need a bounce-back game, but the Ravens line is far more reliable at this point, and their receivers are arguably more talented. If TJ Watt does not play on Sunday, then the backbone of this weak defense of the Steelers gets even weaker.

Mike Preston, columnist

Ravens 24, Steelers 17: It used to be a tough rivalry, but now it’s called a rivalry. Both the teams used to rely on defense, but now it is not so. Regardless, the Ravens have quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will make more plays than his counterpart, veteran Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers can’t throw deep and run to a passer-by. If the Ravens can pound the football, this game could be a blow in Baltimore’s favor.

Childs Walker, Reporter

Ravens 30, Steelers 20: The Ravens haven’t set the NFL world on fire in recent weeks, but with so many matchup advantages they’ve rarely entered a game against the Steelers. They will look to grind the long drive against a surprisingly falling Pittsburgh defense and limit Ben Roethlisberger to the bottom of the strike. Lamar Jackson may not be as bad as he was in Week 12, and if he plays well against the front seven that could have been without TJ Watts, the Ravens could roll.

Ryan McFadden, Reporter

Ravens 24, Steelers 14: I can’t imagine Lamar Jackson would be as bad as he was against the Browns. Jackson and the running game have a chance to take advantage of the Steelers’ defense if star pass rusher TJ Watt is unable to play. Time has officially caught up with Ben Roethlisberger, so the Ravens’ defense won’t have to worry about too many big plays down the field.

CJ Doon, Editor

Steelers 21, Ravens 20: Call it a gut feeling, nothing more. The Ravens are lucky to be 8-3. How do you explain a win on an NFL-record 66-yard field goal as time runs out or an AFC North beats an opponent despite throwing four interceptions? Division matchups are often a great equalizer, and the Steelers are a proud team coming out of a humiliating defeat to the Bengals. The Ravens have advantages across the board, but you know the old adage about rivalry games and record books. Lamar Jackson is just 2-2 in his career against Pittsburgh with a 59.2 passer rating, his worst performance ever against any opponent. Coach Mike Tomlin somehow finds a way to beat John Harbaugh in his 30th meeting.

Tim Schwartz, Editor

Ravens 24, Steelers 14: The Ravens are a mess on the offensive right now, but they’re going into a friendly matchup with a Steelers defense that gave the Bengals 34 points and allowed Joe Mixon to finish with 165 yards and Tee Higgins with 114 yards. , It’s not the Steelers from the old fashioned, and without outside linebacker TJ Watts, who is on the COVID-19/reserve list, is there anything out there that’s keeping the Ravens up through the night? There’s always a chance that Ben Roethlisberger turns back the clock and has a big game, but I think it’s more likely that Baltimore’s defense continues its instincts and has an impressive performance, while Lamar Jackson & Co. understands things.

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