Pittsburgh Steelers will take on Baltimore Ravens in the NFL 2021 Week 13 on Sunday afternoon. The home side has been on a poor run lately, which they want to end. The visitors top their division, and they want to stay on the right track to secure the playoffs spot.
Pittsburgh suffered two straight defeats on the road, and they want to bounce back in front of the home fans. The hosts need to improve their defense, as it has been pretty leaky in the past few weeks. On the other hand, the away side tied two victories, and they want to keep up where they left off. Another win would see Baltimore staying on the top of the AFC North after this round.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Can they provide an upset?
The Steelers were not far from the post-season ticket battle just a couple of weeks ago. However, they failed to beat the Lions at home just before their losing run started. Pittsburgh goes to this match after suffering a heavy 41-10 defeat against another division rival, the Bengals, and slipping to a 5-5 record. Although they gained 301 yards in the offense, the Steelers turned the ball over three times.
Pittsburgh’s first-choice QB Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,522 yards this season, with 14 touchdowns and six picks. Najee Harris dominates the rushing game, as he has gained 708 yards and found the end zone five times. However, no other player has generated 100+ rushing yards. Diontae Johnson is the Steelers’ best receiver with 809 yards and four scores, while Chase Claypool has contributed with 608 receiving yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, Joe Schobert has 78 total tackles, while T.J. Watt logged 12.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, James Washington, Zach Gentry, Derek Watt, Dan Moore Jr., B.J. Finney, Kendrick Green, Trai Turner, Chukwuma Okorafor
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, Cameron Heyward, Taco Charlton, Devin Bush, Joe Schobert, Alex Highsmith, Justin Layne, Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cameron Sutton
Quarter Back: Ben Roethlisberger
Kicker: Chris Boswell
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Baltimore Ravens – Is the third straight win coming?
The Ravens are on the right track to securing the post-season spot, as they sit in 1st place in the AFC North with an 8-3 record. They are one win ahead of the Bengals and want to continue in the same fashion. Baltimore goes to this match after a 16-10 victory over the Browns, holding the opponents to only 262 yards. Lamar Jackson led the Ravens to the victory by throwing for 165 yards on 20-32 and finding the end zone once, with four interceptions. He also rushed for 68 yards, while Baltimore has been pretty good in that segment.
Baltimore’s starting quarterback has passed for 2,612 yards this season, with 15 touchdowns and 12 picks. He has also been the leading rusher with 707 yards and a pair of scores, while Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray have combined for 582 rushing yards and seven TDs. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have been the most productive receives with 700+ yards each, while Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman have combined for 656 receiving yards. On defense, Patrick Queen has 62 total tackles, while Tyus Bowser sacked the opponent quarterbacks 5.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devonta Freeman, Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, Mark Andrews, Patrick Ricard, Alejandro Villanueva, Ben Powers, Bradley Bozeman, Kevin Zeitler, Patrick Mekari
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Justin Madubuike, Brandon Williams, Broderick Washington, Tyus Bowser, Josh Bynes, Kristian Welch, Justin Houston, Anthony Averett, Chuck Clark, Brandon Stephens, Marlon Humphrey
Quarter Back: Lamar Jackson
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Expert Pick #1 – Baltimore Ravens -3.5 @-120
Although they haven’t impressed in the latest two wins, the Ravens are still keeping a positive momentum. The Steelers haven’t played well at home, as they are 1-6 ATS this season. Baltimore should continue their streak and celebrate another victory, and that’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 44 @-110
The Ravens have often been involved in low-scoring matches this season, as ten of their previous 15 games stayed under the margin. Pittsburgh has trouble finding the end zone, and I anticipate a tight clash with no more than 44 points. I’ll back this as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Steelers Under 20 @-120
The away side allowed not more than 13 points to their rivals on the previous two occasions, while Pittsburgh comes from a very poor offensive display. I believe the Ravens can hold the hosts under 20 points, and although the odds are not too generous, I’ll take it as the third pick.