Start Time: October 01 2017, 1:00 PM
The Baltimore Ravens forgot to bring their offense when they traveled to London, England to face the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. Actually, they forgot to bring their defense as well and had to head back home a 44-7 loser after being outgained by 410 yards to 186. The Ravens can’t possibly be as bad here the following week, but last week’s transatlantic travel won’t help and I don’t think they’ll be able to keep up with their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Pittsburgh must be extremely disappointed with last week’s performance as well after falling 23-17 in overtime to the Bears in Chicago as a 7-point favorite. The Steelers are 2-1 on the season despite RB Le’Veon Bell being off to a slow start, and QB Big Ben Roethlisberger has yet to show his best stuff as well. It’s only a matter of time before they heat up though, and the Steelers have too many weapons for the Ravens to shut down.
Baltimore is dead last in the NFL in total offense, and Quarterback Joe Flacco is averaging just 5.3 yards per attempt through the first three contests and he completed only eight of 18 pass attempts for a career-worst 28 yards with two interceptions against the Jaguars. Pittsburgh is ranked third in the league in total defense and second against the pass, so I predict another tough game for Flacco. The Bears hurt Pittsburgh on the ground last week, but Baltimore has a much weaker running game than Chicago.
My free pick is on Pittsburgh Steelers.
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