Steelers continue to win despite zero playoff hope in AFC North standings

Mitch Trubisky #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after being stopped short of a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Mitch Trubisky #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after being stopped short of a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Huntley #2 of the Baltimore Ravens passes the ball against the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Tyler Huntley #2 of the Baltimore Ravens passes the ball against the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Ravens dropped from their seat atop the AFC North division

Until this past weekend, the Ravens sat on top of the AFC North division throne for most of the year. That changed this past week as the Bengals were able to jump ahead of them after Baltimore lost to Cleveland. It was a tough divisional contest that saw both offenses struggle to find a rhythm.

Another week of being without Lamar Jackson seems like a real possibility as the Ravens try to hold onto a playoff spot. Injuries always pile up for Baltimore, so they are used to trying to overcome that problem. This offense has not been able to do enough to bail out their great defensive performances in recent weeks.

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) vs Baltimore Ravens (9-5), Saturday at 1 P.M. EST

Even though Baltimore is having injury problems, their biggest strength right now is their coaching and defense. The Falcons will be coming to the Ravens stadium under blistering cold conditions on Christmas Eve. That is going to leave Atlanta in unique playing conditions as they are used to warm and indoor facilities.

Expect this contest to stay low scoring for the most part, but the Ravens offense should be able to at least put up the same amount they did against the Steelers. That should be able to give them a great chance to win on Saturday. A loss here should make the Baltimore faithful concerned not just about what could happen come playoff time, but if their playoff spot will start to slip away.