The Steelers and Ravens are going to make a tough AFC North matchup become reality as the experts are struggling to choose the winner.
The Steelers get ready to host their longtime rival this week at Acrisure Stadium. The Ravens have always been a thorn in the side of the black and gold since their opening season. Despite the rivalry, Pittsburgh has won four straight games when these two have gone head-to-head.
Sporting news has the Steelers losing at home in a close one
Sporting News continues to be a reliable source as they have their weekly predictions article drop. They have been one of the more reliable places to look into what kind of betting odds are going on for games that week. Their record of predictions continues to speak for itself with their consistency throughout the NFL schedule.
Prediction: Ravens 20, Steelers 19
The reasoning behind this prediction was not all that descriptive. They believe that the Ravens losing ways against the Steelers will not keep going on and that could put some bad juju on the home club in this one. The questionable quarterback spot with Baltimore seems like it might not play as much of a factor in this contest according to this expert.
Bleacher Report has Baltimore falling short without Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson is going to be the biggest hole for the Ravens to fill during this game. Bleacher Report cannot deny the effect that it could potentially have in this matchup. Despite this being Tyler Huntley’s first start of the season. he has done well when he is called upon to lead the Baltimore offense.
Prediction: Steelers 20, Ravens 17
Out of the seven picks made, only two selected the Ravens to come out on top. The Steelers held the majority of votes, which also included the consensus pick as well. With all of that said, these experts believe that it will be a close game that is lost by a mistake or two that leads to a difference in the score at the end.
NFL Network has the home team winning a defensive slugfest
Gregg Rosenthal makes his first appearance on this series as he represents the NFL Network. He holds an impressive prediction record of 122-71-2 for the entire 2022 season. He figures this contest to be a close one as both rivals will try their best to gain ground in the AFC North division standings.
Prediction: Steelers 19, Ravens 16
Oddly enough, he does not see the absence of Jackson being the main issue for the Ravens, but the holes that he covered up. Missing their starting quarterback could cause the faults on the Baltimore offense to become more prominent. The Steelers have been playing better in recent weeks, and that should be too much for the road team to handle in this one.
Final prediction has the Steelers escaping this game with a narrow victory
Trying to figure out how much Jackson being out of the game affects the outcome was tricky. History tells us that these two clubs will still battle it out and keep this game close until the final buzzer. Baltimore has a good team overall and Huntley will give the Steelers issues throughout the contest.
Prediction: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
This is going to be a close one as both teams will be keeping it close. I would expect both offenses to make a couple of mistakes that will sway the direction of this game a couple of times. The backup quarterback situation still seems like it should give the Steelers a boost in their winning effort, but this could go either way.
The experts are struggling to pick this game, especially with the Ravens being without their starting quarterback. The Steelers have a great chance to win this game, but it will be a tight game till the end.