Reality: The Ravens bye week allowed a number of players to get healthy.
— Bmoreopinionated (@Bmoreopinionate) November 2, 2016
Perception: Baltimore’s offensive line has struggled this season, and if they want to win Sunday, they will need a healthy OL… and they just might get it. With Marshal Yanda and Ronnie Stanley expected back, it should drastically help keep Joe Flacco upright.
If the Ravens also get back Terrell Suggs, Lardarius Webb and Tavon Young at full strength, that will give another boost to a defense that has struggled to stay healthy. Although Elvis Dumervil most likely won’t play, the Ravens need to get as many of their best players as they can on the field to try to take down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
Reality: If the Ravens defeat Pittsburgh Sunday, they will be in 1st place in the AFC North.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 24, 2016
Perception: Usually, the AFC North is considered one of the best divisions in football with three teams that fight for the AFC playoffs each year. But this year, it’s a struggling division. After Sunday, the 1st place team could be 4-4, and right now the cumulative record of Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh is 10-19-1… that is not good.
Reality: The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the all-time series against the Ravens 24-20.
Perception: Any Ravens fan knows all about this series. For the longest time, it was the best rivalry in football, and arguably the best in sports. It maybe not have that same intensity any more, since the retirement of so many key players, but it’s still a heated matchup.
The Ravens have won the last two games in this series and four of the last five. It doesn’t matter where the game is or who is on the field, these games are almost always close. Seven of the last 10 games between the two have been decided by one score or less.
Overall, the Steelers are 8th in offensive yards per game, while the Ravens are 6th in yards per game defensively.
Baltimore is 18th in offensive yards per game, while Pittsburgh is 27th defensively in yards given up per game.
For as bad as the Ravens have played this season, when you look at the stats, they aren’t that bad. So, if they can get their key guys healthy enough to play and not commit so many penalties, the Ravens have a real shot to not only win this game, but also take over 1st place in the AFC North and keep it for the next few weeks.
But with that said, I have predicted a Ravens win every week so far, and that hasn’t worked out well. So…