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AFC North Preview: Week 9

NFL: NOV 01 Steelers at Ravens Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

The Ravens failed to overtake the Steelers for the lead in the division last Sunday in a 28-24 loss, setting Baltimore back two games from Pittsburgh. The Ravens will travel to Indianapolis to the face the Colts this week.

After losing All-Pro LT Ronnie Stanley for the season last week, it was announced that All-Pro CB Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he will miss the upcoming game against Indianapolis. Seven other players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list alongside Humphrey, including OLB Matthew Judon, ILB Patrick Queen, S DeShon Elliott, ILB L.J. Fort, ILB Malik Harrison, CB Terrell Bonds, and OLB Tyus Bowser. Judon has already been activated from the list and the rest of the players will be able to follow if they pass multiple tests.

Baltimore’s rushing attack exploded last week, totaling 265 yards on the ground. The passing attack continued to struggle, however, as QB Lamar Jackson threw to costly interceptions, one returned for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. Indianapolis presents another challenge with the league’s top defense in total yards.

Veteran RB Mark Ingram is once again doubtful to play. WR Chris Moore is also listed as doubtful while CB Jimmy Smith and WR Devin Duvernay are questionable.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0)

The Steelers fought off the Ravens last week to remain undefeated and keep control of the AFC North. Pittsburgh travels to Dallas for Week 9.

Following their win last Sunday, the Steelers traded for ILB Avery Williamson from the Jets. Williamson joins Robert Spillane and Vince Williams to help fill the void of Devin Bush in the middle of the defense. Pittsburgh’s defense faces an extremely advantageous matchup this Sunday against the Cowboys as either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush will start at QB behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Offensively, the Steelers will face a defense that has given up the most points in the entire league.

DE Tyson Alualu is out for Sunday’s game while G Stefen Wisniewski and CB Mike Hilton are doubtful. TE Vance McDonald is questionable.