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December 23, 2015 – Steelers – Pregame

This is Steeler’s week in Charm City, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.  The Steelers come into town riding a three game winning streak and they are playing well on both sides of the ball.  Not that the Steelers will need any more motivation to bring their A game to Baltimore, but they do have the increased pressure to win in order to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.  With the Ravens playing poorly, many fans have given up on the season and I fear their seats as well – so the Steelers will likely have thousands of fans converging on M&T Stadium which will give them a home town feel.  Mark my words folks, the terrible towels will be flying wildly this Sunday.  The Big Ben – Antonio Brown combination is on fire right now and if Antonio can light up the Denver secondary (ranked first in the league) for 189 yards then I think it is safe to assume that he will light up the Ravens secondary.  The Ravens are playing for team pride and they know the importance of this rivalry and I expect we will see a strong effort from these players, but in the end I predict turnovers and stupid penalties will cripple the team’s efforts.  I have been watching this rivalry game for many years now and I can’t ever a recall such a big spread for this game.  To see the Steelers favored by 10 ½ on the road against the Ravens is almost shocking and tells you how far the Ravens have fallen.  This time around the Steelers are the better team, have the talent, and will dominate this one from the start.  The Ravens will need a few Christmas miracles to win this one.  Enjoy the game and stay thirsty my friends.

 

Congratulations to Sam Koch and Marshall Yanda for their selections to the Pro Bowl – well deserved.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers hosted by the Baltimore Ravens –  Sunday – December 27th @ 1:00 PM       Odds –  Steelers by 10 ½

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Game Predictions
Score Ravens 13 Steelers 38
Turnovers Minus 3
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 76 Steelers 122
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 256 Steelers 339

 

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Ravens commit 3 personal fouls
  • Antonio Brown leads all receivers with 13 receptions and 199 yards
  • La’Darius Smith gets a sack
  • Refs make terrible calls

 

Possible Monday morning headlines in the Sun Papers

  • Ravens defense no match for Big Ben
  • Ravens lose road game at M&T

 

Keys to the Game

  • Get pressure on Ben
  • Establish the run game and set up the play action
  • Win the turnover battle

 

 

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