The Baltimore Ravens enter Sunday’s game against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers licking their offensive wounds. Lamar Jackson had potentially the worst game of his career Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns. He finished with one touchdown pass and four interceptions.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson not excusing "bad" performance vs. Browns: "I looked like a rookie"https://t.co/mRbDoDUi2Y pic.twitter.com/gh17x52NBo
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 1, 2021
Despite the poor performance, the Ravens still beat the Cleveland Browns in an ugly affair. That vaulted the Ravens to the top of the AFC Standings at 8-3. But it’s going to be hard to stay there with their remaining schedule. That schedule starts this Sunday in Pittsburgh.
For more insight on the Ravens’ Week 13 matchup against the Steelers, listen below:
Here are my 4 bold predictions for the Ravens.
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Ravens Week 13 Predictions
4. Lamar Jackson will bounce back this week
Lamar Jackson should be able to right his wrongs this week vs a Steelers defense that is reeling. Pittsburgh allowed Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon run all over them last week. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert ran and passed all over them the week prior.
#Chargers Justin Herbert tonight vs #Steelers
382 Pass Yards, 90 Rushing Yards, and 3 TD.#BoltUp #PITvsLAC pic.twitter.com/5bZwdyMdiB
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) November 22, 2021
Lamar Jackson has always shown since entering the league that he can let a poor throw, a poor possession or a bad game roll off his shoulders. I expect him to do the same here.
Throughout his young career, Jackson has typically struggled against the Steelers. He has only thrown three touchdown passes versus five interceptions against them. But this Steelers defense is nothing like the ones he has faced before.
I fully expect him to do as much damage with his legs as he does with his arm in this matchup.
3. Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray will score touchdowns
The Baltimore running game has been like playing musical chairs all season. They lost Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins before the season even began and have been shuffling through former Pro Bowl running backs every few weeks.
Lately, it’s been the former Falcons star Devonta Freeman. The Ravens signed Freeman earlier this season, along with Le’Veon Bell, to help fill in for the injured Latavius Murray.
Freeman looked like the fresher and quicker back, so he kept his job. Meanwhile, Bell was released by the Ravens a couple of weeks ago as Murray returned to health.
With Baltimore’s defense playing lights out lately, it’s likely they hold for much of this game. When they get in close, as long as Jackson doesn’t poach them himself, both running backs could find pay dirt Sunday.
2. The Ravens defense knocks Ben Roethlisberger out of the game
This is a two part prediction.
Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury. He has been limited with his shoulder for a lot of the season, so the rest at practice is also probably precaution he was held out. But he is a shell of his former self. He lacks arm strength to get the ball to the outside.
Joe Burrow: *Throws an interception*
Ben Roethlisberger: You call THAT a pick? Watch this. pic.twitter.com/85fBJO21zT
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 28, 2021
At this point in his career, he is starting by name only. But against a tough defense like the Ravens, it’s quite likely he struggles mightily. Between his struggles and shoulder injury, it would make a lot of sense to see more Mason Rudolph Sunday.
1. Baltimore knocks Pittsburgh to the bottom of the AFC North, improves lead in AFC
Typically, Steelers vs Ravens games are tough, hard fourth slobber-knockers. The home team is pretty much always a three point favorite and it is very close. That should not be the case Sunday.
For the first time in Roethlisberger’s career, the Steelers are home underdogs vs the Ravens.
For the first time ever, the Ravens are favored to win in Pittsburgh against Ben Roethlisberger. https://t.co/FYhDBs0DBg
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 30, 2021
The curtain is about to close on Pittsburgh’s season, while the Ravens continue to ascend. With the win Sunday, Baltimore will improve to 9-3 and depending on how the Buffalo vs New England game plays out, might hold a full game lead on the conference.