Ravens Too Hot To Handle: Week 13 Game Preview
Want to laugh? Phil Simms expects a close game between the Baltimore Ravens and the yet again Ben Roethlisbergerless Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday afternoon ( week 13) @ M&T Bank Stadium. Come again? I understand that 6 out of the last 7 games played against one another has been decided by 3 points, but how could Steelers’ third string, 38 year old quarterback Charlie Batch, muster up enough points to compete with a Baltimore Ravens’ offense that is averaging a fantastic 37 points @ home this season (#1 in the league) ?
Get Creative in the Run Game: Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week that they need to establish a running game where one of the Steelers’ running backs has to take on the full load opposed to be a team running the rock by committee. Jonathan Dwyer will be given that chance to produce all day long for the Steelers, but is he elite enough to take control over a game on the road against the Baltimore Ravens? Are any of the Steelers’ running backs elite enough to take control of a game for that matter? Dwyer was the most effective running back for the Steelers in week 11 as he averaged 4.6 yards a carry against the Ravens, but if the Steelers plan on running the ball 27 times like they did back in week 11, they better be a little more creative about it and get every last productive ounce out of Charlie Batch as they can if they want to keep this game within reach.
The 12th Man: We know the odds are stacked against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week as they are 7.5 point underdogs, but the Ravens’ 12th man shouldn’t be overlooked when looking at the spread and wondering if the Steelers are going to cover. The fans at M&T Bank Stadium are one of the loudest group of fans from the NFL and you better believe they are going to bring their A game in this week to help the Ravens cover the spread at home.
Prediction: What can’t the Ravens do nowadays as they convert a 4th and 29 last week to bring the game into overtime and leave a desperate San Diego Chargers team with a win on the road? Sky is the limit for the Ravens heading back home and playing on all cylinders. I don’t think the Steelers believe they have a chance to keep it close in this game, and I think they are right. I like the Ravens to smoke the Steelers at home, 31-9.