Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports activities employees views the result of Sunday’s Week 5 recreation between the Ravens (3-1) and the Steelers (2-2) at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Brian Wacker, reporter
Ravens 20, Steelers 17: The Ravens appear to play their greatest on the highway in opposition to division foes. Still, the Steelers are in a unique class right here, having received six of their previous 10 in opposition to Baltimore. They’ve additionally battered Lamar Jackson, sacking him 16 occasions in 5 profession conferences. He has a passer score of 67.4 with 634 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in opposition to them. But with a revamped Ravens offense, the Steelers’ offense struggling and quarterback Kenny Pickett battling a bone bruise in his left knee, the Ravens win an in depth one.
Mike Preston, columnist
Ravens 21, Steelers 17: Even if quarterback Kenny Pickett performs regardless of a knee damage, he received’t have full mobility within the pocket. That will make the Steelers one-dimensional they usually can’t beat the Ravens with a restricted offense. And they definitely can’t beat them if Mitch Trubisky performs rather than Pickett. Coach Mike Tomlin may have his crew fired up after getting embarrassed, 30-6, by Houston final week, however the Ravens ought to win and enhance to 3-0 within the AFC North.
Childs Walker, reporter
Ravens 23, Steelers 16: These groups performed a 16-14 recreation and a 16-13 recreation final season, reminding us that it’s folly to select a blowout both method on this rivalry. That stated, the Ravens have the higher quarterback, the higher protection, higher outcomes in opposition to frequent opponents and an opportunity to construct on their AFC North lead. They received’t enable Pittsburgh’s offense to get going and can flip to their working recreation to safe a rugged victory.
C.J. Doon, editor
Ravens 20, Steelers 9: It could possibly be a really acquainted script for the Ravens this week: Stop the run, overwhelm an overmatched quarterback, lean on the working recreation and journey a number of large performs from Lamar Jackson to victory. It would take a minor miracle for the Steelers to attain a landing in opposition to this Ravens protection, as solely the Raiders and Giants rank worse in offensive effectivity. Stranger issues have occurred on this rivalry, but it surely’s onerous to examine the Ravens shedding this one.
Tim Schwartz, editor
Ravens 27, Steelers 21: The Ravens don’t must be wholesome (shock, they received’t be) to beat the Steelers. Baltimore’s depth has proved to be its greatest weapon, and Pittsburgh hasn’t proven it’s able to compete with the perfect within the AFC, with or with out Kenny Pickett at quarterback. The Ravens’ protection ought to have one other subject day and Lamar Jackson and firm — whoever his firm is that this week, anyway — remains to be higher than regardless of the Steelers may trot on the market. Baltimore is the higher crew, and with an opportunity to take a fair larger lead within the AFC North, it needs to be able to seize the chance.