NFL Sunday Night Week 8: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/31/2020, 1:39 PM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and tight end Eric Ebron (85) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


This one’s a big one. The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers have looked strong in all areas over the last seven weeks. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks like a man on a mission. But head coach Mike Tomlin deserves credit for nurturing these youngsters to potential Super Bowl contenders.

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John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens are on a 5-1 recording heading into Week 8. The Ravens’ sole loss this season came at the hands of Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs. Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson will be desperate to pull off a statement win by beating a strong Steelers outfit on Sunday evening.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 8 game day predictions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers looking to maintain unbeaten run in the league

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a six-game winning streak in the league. Rookie WR Chase Claypool has impressed in his debut season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has come back from injury with guns blazing.

New 2020 recruit Minkah Fitzpatrick has seamlessly fit into coach Mike Tomlin’s solid defense. They will have a lot of work to do in order to stop the dual-threat Lamar Jackson.

Lamar Jackson and Co. have a tough challenge on their hands in Week 8

John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens will feel like a rejuvenated team heading into this weekend’s encounter against the Steelers. The Ravens sit second in the AFC North Division table.

However, they barely scraped past Carson Wentz’s Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago. A win against the in-form Steelers is just the boost the Ravens need to get to that next level.

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NFL Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Injury Updates

Pittsburgh – Out

S Jordan Dangerfield  – Quadriceps

NT Chris Wormley – Knee

LB Ulysses Gilbert – Back

Questionable

CB Mike Hilton – Shoulder

FB Derek Watt – Hamstring

Baltimore – Questionable

DB/LB Anthony Levine – Abdomen

CB Jimmy Smith – Achilles

Doubtful

RB Mark Ingram II – Ankle

Steelers vs Ravens Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – 20 Baltimore Ravens

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Sep 20, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens are the stronger team in this match-up. Well, at least on paper. However, we think that coach Mike Tomlin’s hard-working Steelers outfit will emerge victorious in this one.

They are on par to become the first team in the league to seal a playoff spot. Will former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson put a halt to the ongoing rampage of the Steelers? We’ll find out tomorrow.

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