Heading into this season, the Baltimore Ravens figured to be one of the NFL’s most formidable teams. They got trucked by the Chiefs in the playoffs, sure, but Lamar Jackson was stellar, the ground game was a thing to behold, and the defense was tough as hell.
The Steelers, meanwhile, figured to be in the mix in the AFC North, but it was anyone’s guess whether they’d be able to top the division after a down year marred by injuries. Things have not quite played out the way I would’ve expected for either football team.
This was supposed to be the Thursday Night Football game last week, but has been moved to Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. because the positive tests for the Ravens in particular would simply not dry up. The league had to push things back as far as they dared without bleeding into the next week, so this is the result, one that nobody’s feeling great about.
The Steelers are the NFL’s last undefeated squad, standing at 10-0 and looking terrific in almost every phase of the game. The Ravens, meanwhile, are 6-4 and vaguely disappointing almost across the board, currently sitting at third in the AFC North.
If the Ravens are going to get back on track, this would be the time. A win over the Steelers would be huge because it would end their undefeated season, put Baltimore a bit closer in the divisional race, and show that the Ravens aren’t swooning despite a run of lackluster games of late. The Steelers, meanwhile, would love to move to 11-0 and continue to push for the #1 seed in the AFC.
Give it a watch and use this as your open thread.