This week, another matchup from a successful Division will be witnessed, with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to the Keystone state to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers for their NFL week 14 clash.
The AFC North Division provided plenty of drama in Week 13 of the NFL season. Cleveland Browns have the most convincing win by defeating the Houston Texans, 27-14, while the Pittsburgh Steelers secure a 19-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Both of them improve to 5-7. Moreover, the Baltimore Ravens barely beat the Denver Broncos, 10-9, while Cincinnati Bengals stunned the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24.
The Ravens secured a much-needed bounce-back win but failed to impose their dominance last week. Steelers, on the other hand, is still on the map and may have the chance to get closer to a playoff spot by defeating one of the league favorites. Lamar Jackson is “less likely” to play and this might be the perfect timing for the steelers to get closer.
Can the Ravens steal a win against the Steelers at Acrisure Stadium? without Lamar?
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Odds/Game Lines
|Odds from DraftKings
|Over 37 (-110)
|Under 37 (-110)
|Odds from FanDuel
|Over 36.5 (-110)
|Under 36.5 (-110)
Lamar Jackson, Questionable for Week 14
The Ravens’ victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 13 was a triumph for their home fans as well as their team, putting them in the third spot of the AFC playoff picture. However, there was considerable concern about quarterback Lamar Jackson’s fitness.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was optimistic and thought it unlikely to be a season-ending injury with a reasonable recovery time expected to return him to action. Since then, no official ruling has been made on whether he will play against the Steelers this weekend but it is looking increasingly unlikely given previous reports.
On the last play of the first quarter, linebacker Jonathon Cooper sacked Jackson from behind and drove his left knee into the ground when he landed on top of his back.
Harbaugh said “He’s probably less likely for this week, but it’s not impossible. After that, he’ll become more and more likely.”
Tyler Huntley was allowed to step into Lamar Jackson’s shoes against the Denver Broncos, and despite a tough challenge he managed to pull out an impressive performance. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and, although this was combined with one interception, Coach Harbaugh is confident that if Huntley had to take over as quarterback it wouldn’t affect their play significantly.
This is because both players have similar playing styles and it would be relatively easy to adapt. Overall while there are questions surrounding Jackson’s availability, the team feels confident in their backup plan should the need arise.
The Ravens also signed quarterback Brett Hundley on Monday to ensure that there will be no shortage of field facilitators.