Steelers vs. Ravens: 4 exciting storylines to track in a must-win game for Pittsburgh

Steelers fans have more to root for on Saturday than just a win against the Ravens.

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Like they always seem to do, the Pittsburgh Steelers are once again entering a meaningful season finale. Mike Tomlin's team is desperate for a win to keep their playoff hopes alive in an effort to sneak into a Wild Card spot. Unfortunately, it's going to require a bit of outside help -- likely in the form of a loss from the Jaguars or Bills on Sunday.

The Steelers vs. Ravens game will be the first to kick off in Week 18, and it has already been confirmed that Baltimore will be resting QB Lamar Jackson and some of their best players. This should give Pittsburgh a competitive edge.

But even if the Steelers aren't going against the best the Ravens have to offer in the season finale, there are still some enticing storylines that all fans should be following closely in Week 18. Here are the four biggest stories to track in the final regular-season game.

T.J. Watt is chasing history

We have known for several years now that T.J. Watt is on a Hall of Fame pace. Even after landing on IR and missing half of the 2022 season with a pectoral injury, this remains the case. Entering the final game of the season against the Ravens, Watt has already had the second-most productive year of his career in terms of sack total.

The Steelers star is currently tied for the league lead with Bengals' Trey Hendrickson at 17.0 sacks. If he can pull away from the competition in the season finale, Watt could become the first player in NFL history to lead the league in sacks in three separate seasons.

With a monstrous performance, Watt could join only his big brother J.J. to become just one of two players in the history of the league who have earned multiple 20-sack seasons. Of course, in order to do so, this would require a three-sack performance in Week 18. Against QB Tyler Huntley and Baltimore's backups, this might be possible.