With their win over the Cleveland Browns last week, the Baltimore Ravens clinched home-field advantage with the top seed in the AFC playoffs and a record of 13-2. With no stakes on the line in Week 17, the Ravens will sit several of their starters in their rivalry matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, who will be fighting for their playoff lives. The staff of Baltimore Beatdown gives their bold predictions for the AFC North showdown.
The Steelers take an early lead with a well-scripted game plan to open the game. Robert Griffin III connects with tight end Hayden Hurst in the end zone to tie the game late, and Justin Tucker hits a late fourth quarter field goal to put the game away.
In a low-scoring, defensive slug fest, the team with the better quarterback prevails as Griffin III does just enough against Pittsburgh’s stout defense. Baltimore’s defense has a field day against the Devlin Hodges led offense, forcing three turnovers. Marcus Peters rewards the team for his extension with another pick six, and Matthew Judon forces a fumble on a sack.
The Ravens offense turns in their worst game of the season by far, managing a single field goal without Lamar Jackson on the field to elevate his teammates. However, De’Anthony Thomas returns a punt for a touchdown and Patrick “Peanut” Onwuasor forces a late turnover to preserve the win. John Harbaugh displays his superiority over Mike Tomlin by using his backups to send the Steelers into the offseason. Ravens 10, Steelers 9.
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With a full workload for the first time this season, Gus Edwards runs wild against a stout Pittsburgh defensive line. The “Gus Bus” gashes the Steelers for a career-high 120 rushing yards, while fellow running back Justice Hill scores for the second straight week. WR Jaleel Scott is finally activated and catches a touchdown pass from Griffin III in the second half, leaping over a defender in the end zone for a highlight score.