5 bold predictions for the Steelers in Week 12 vs. Ravens

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Here are five bold predictions for the Steelers rematch against the Ravens this week

Another week through, and another set of bold predictions that luckily didn’t come true. The Steelers looked like an efficient unit against the Jaguars last week, and it allowed them to run a relatively traditional offense. With a huge rematch against the Ravens at hand, the bold predictions this week are far more likely to be a factor this week. This game is going to be close, as both of these teams are fighting for something right now.

While the Steelers won the earlier bout this season, week 12 poises a new brand of issues. The Ravens are suddenly fighting not just for a win, but potentially for their season. They will surely be entering this game hoping to have an upset. As for the Steelers, they are clinging to first place in the AFC, but a loss opens the door for the Chiefs to enter into the picture. The bold predictions this week could end up being what alters the game. With all that said, here are five bold predictions for the Steelers vs. Ravens in week 12.

Jackson looks more like an RB

In his two games playing against the Steelers, Lamar Jackson has looked like anything but an MVP. While he tossed two touchdowns in the earlier matchup, he was limited to 200 yards through the air and he threw two interceptions on top of it. The Steelers seem to have figured out a good strategy with him: make him throw the ball and keep good pressure on him while he does it.

This hasn’t stopped him from running the ball, as he is still the best quarterback when scrambling. Considering the Ravens are limited in practice this week, it is safe to say the Ravens will be a run-heavy team this week. As well, with Jackson’s aforementioned struggles throwing against the Steelers, it seems likely the Ravens roll with him on the ground more so than through the air.

Thus, the bold prediction is that Jackson plays like more of a running back this week than a quarterback. This means he has well over 15 rushing attempts and likewise throws for less than 200 yards. I think he may make mistakes while throwing the ball, but the focus on the run limits them. While this may sound like a lackluster offense, I think the Steelers offense starts off far worse (more on that below). If he can do his damage on the ground, it may be just enough to secure a win.