3. Big Night for Brown
The Ravens suffered a key loss in the win over the Lions last week when their top cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a season-ending torn Achilles, meaning that the team will have to find another way to cover Steelers wide out Antonio Brown.
Brown had three somewhat sub-par games 7, 8 and 10 (all through were Steelers wins), but the last three weeks he and Big Ben have been on the same page – a lot.
In the last three wins Brown has pulled in 18 catches for 414 yards and six touchdowns. In the last game against the Ravens, Brown had just four catches for 34 yards, his worst game in 2017.
With Smith gone, the Ravens will have to rely on the likes of Brandon Carr and rookie Marlon Humphrey to start on the outside against Brown and Martavis Bryant.
The other two Ravens corners that will see time are youngsters Jaylen Hill and Maurice Canady, two players who haven’t seen the field much at all, and Brown and his mates can have big nights against these four, having big success in the big play department for the Steelers.
Prediction: One aspect of this game that has to scare you is the fact the Steelers just played the most physical game of the season and will come into Sunday night on short rest since that game was on Monday. They will have to play not only a clean game but also makes sure they find a way to get out of Sunday night not suffering any more injuries. Look for the defense to step up and force a couple key Flacco errors, and in the end it will be enough to escape with win number 11, their 8th in a row, setting up a huge game next Sunday with the Pats, a game likely will decide home field in the AFC. Steelers 24 Ravens 19
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