NFL Game Previews: Ravens-Steelers Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Ravens-Steelers Matchups

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Baltimore (+4) at Pittsburgh, o/u 45.0 – Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. EST

Well, let's just pretend this game will actually happen this week. The Ravens' COVID-19 situation remains dire as I write this with 15 players on reserve just from our depth chart listings, from Lamar Jackson to long snapper Morgan Cox. Whether two extra days is enough time to get the bulk of those guys cleared through the protocols remains to be seen, but it might not matter if the Steelers are dealing with a situation of their own. There's no confirmation yet, but James Conner might have tested positive along with a member of the coaching staff, and if a Pittsburgh outbreak begins just as Baltimore's is dying down, the league might as well just move this game to Week 18 now. If the game does happen, the Ravens will be looking to stay in playoff contention while the Steelers will be gunning for the '72 Dolphins, with Kansas City right on their heels for the No. 1 seed in the AFC if they falter. The first meeting back in Week 8 was a seesaw affair that saw three lead changes in the final 20-odd minutes with the Steelers finally coming out on top, but that's typical of this rivalry. Whether history, recent or otherwise, has much bearing on this game (when it finally gets played) isn't exactly a sure bet, though.

The Skinny

BAL injuries: QB Jackson (out, COVID), RB J.K. Dobbins (questionable, COVID), RB Mark Ingram

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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