Pittsburgh regained control of the AFC North with three straight victories. Their convincing performance against the Browns’ defense quieted noise of the defending division champ’s demise.
Another division win against the Ravens would put an exclamation point on things.
Baltimore did their part for Pittsburgh last week by letting Cam Newton and the Panthers rehash memories of glories past. The Panthers’ 36-21 win left the Ravens defense reeling and put a damper on what could have been a game for first place.
Not that the division is settled. Beating Pittsburgh will put the Ravens a half-game out of first place, trailing the idle 5-3 Bengals going into Week 10. With head-to-head battles remaining to be played, Baltimore has as good a shot as anyone.
To help their cause, the Ravens took advantage of a motivated seller and gave up a future seventh-round draft pick for versatile rusher Ty Montgomery. Montgomery had a falling out with his former teammates but should be valued more in Baltimore.
That is because his pedestrian 4.0 yards-per-carry is better than any other option in Baltimore. His explosiveness in the short passing game will help, too.
Which is all fine and good with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers who are still in control of things. With a possible return of Le’Veon Bell in the offing, they are not jealous of the Ravens’ new addition.
Injuries and notes
Both teams come into this game relatively healthy. Roethlisberger is listed as questionable and the team afforded him some time off in a regular ritual for the veteran passer.
Bell has not yet reported and will leave the running game in James Conner’s hands another week.
For Baltimore, guard Alex Louis and tackle James Hurst are listed as questionable.
At 4-4, Baltimore was projected to be sellers at the trade deadline as they prepare to move forward with a new quarterback and general manager in 2019. But standing pat and adding Montgomery indicates the team believes they can stay in the hunt with their roster of veterans and maybe save John Harbaugh’s job in the process.
Because it will likely take a playoff appearance for Harbaugh to return.
Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin has no worries about his job security. The Steelers ignored the preseason conjecture about age finally catching up and just keep plugging along under their longtime head coach.
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Who will win the Ravens-Steeler game?
Pittsburgh knows beating Baltimore will go a long way in defending their AFC North title. Baltimore knows they can throw a wrench in the works if their defense regains its swagger in time to slow Big Ben and the Steelers offense.
Look for the home crowd to influence the results.