Ravens-Steelers predictions

Ray Rice and the Ravens should expect a low-scoring dogfight in today's game against the Steelers. - Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Baltimore Beatdown's writers offer their predictions for Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game.

Jason Butt: Records aside, the NFL's best current rivalry kicks back off again today. The Ravens and Steelers are both in must-win situations but for different reasons. The Ravens need a win to keep pace with the Bengals, or to potentially tie them again for first place in the AFC North. In addition, the Ravens haven't been able to put together a good offensive game yet this season, something they'd like to do before the Week 8 bye. The Steelers are 1-4 and need to string together some wins to climb back into playoff contention. Both teams have had their struggles, but it would seem the Ravens have the more talented roster on both sides of the ball. Even though neither team has been able to run the ball, expect it to be a typical, hard-fought battle. The Ravens have had recent success in Pittsburgh and will come away with another road win against the Steelers. Ravens win 20-17.

Zachary Beard: It will be a typical Steelers-Ravens football game where it isn't going to be pretty and will end with a relatively small difference in the margin of points. I think both teams are going to play better than their records may suggest and will leave it all on the field. We will finally see Matt Elam notch an interception (yes, I'm calling it again this week) in a crucial moment to help see up a TD drive for the Ravens late in the game, allowing them to score the go-ahead points. I think there will be over 10 combined sacks for both teams due to battered offensive lines and physical defenses. Overall, I think it will be a very entertaining game to watch and will show why Ravens/Steelers is the best rivalry in the NFL. Ravens win 13-10.

Victor Hensley: The Ravens are 4-2 against the Steelers in the past three regular seasons. Baltimore is looking to win one more as Pittsburgh is hoping to get its second win of the season. The Steelers' offense and defense has been struggling, as the Ravens' offense has been awful. The offensive line isn't playing well, the RBs can't avoid defenders, and even Joe Flacco is having a tough time throwing the football. The Ravens have defeated the Steelers the past three times they have traveled to Heinz Field (not including playoffs), and I believe they'll do it again. The rivalry lives on, but it's becoming one-sided, as the Ravens get the win, 16-9.


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