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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick & Prediction DEC 2TH 2020

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Recap DEC 2TH 2020

Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey caused and recovered a Juju Smith-Schuster fumble, setting up Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal in overtime Sunday that gave the visiting Ravens a 26-23 win in Pittsburgh.

The game was marred by a concussion to Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, who has been playing after Ben Roethlisberger had elbow surgery. He was knocked unconscious at 7:26 of the third quarter.

Rudolph scrambled to his left to complete a pass to James Washington, and was sandwiched by Baltimore's Brandon Carr from behind and Earl Thomas -- who hit Rudolph high and got a penalty for roughing the passer.

Rudolph walked off the field with assistance and eventually was transported to a hospital.

Rudolph completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, to Smith-Schuster. He was replaced by Devlin Hodges, who was 7 of 9 for 68 yards in his NFL debut. James Conner rushed for a touchdown.

Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was 19 of 28 for 161 yards with one touchdown. He was intercepted three times and sacked five times. Mark Ingram II ran for a touchdown.

Baltimore safety Tony Jefferson was taken off the field on a cart because of an apparent left knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Tucker gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal at 7:21 of the first quarter.

Baltimore got the ball right back when Pittsburgh's Jaylen Samuels, out of the wildcat, was intercepted by Josh Bynes. Ingram bulled 4 yards into the end zone to make it 10-0.

Rudolph hit Smith-Schuster for a 35-yard touchdown to cut it to 10-7 with 2:41 to play in the first quarter.

Baltimore then moved 75 yards in 13 plays, culminating with Jackson's 11-yard scoring pass to Marquise Brown for a 17-7 lead.

Chris Boswell's 41-yard field goal drew Pittsburgh to within 17-10.

After Mike Hilton intercepted Jackson, Boswell added a 29-yarder as the first half ended to close it to 17-13.

Hodges completed the third-quarter drive after Rudolph got hurt, with Conner running 1 yard up the middle for a 20-17 Pittsburgh lead.

Tucker tied it on a 26-yard field goal, but Boswell put Pittsburgh back on top 23-20 with a 33-yarder with 2:37 remaining.

Tucker answered from 48 yards out with 10 seconds left to send it to overtime.

--Field Level Media

The matchup typically circled on the calendar as AFC North heavyweight showdown between rivals on Thanksgiving night has all the fixings for high drama -- if the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens make it to game night.

There is some doubt at midweek whether there will be football at Heinz Field, with the undefeated Steelers looking to sweep the season series and climb to 11-0 entering December.

But Ravens feature running back J.K. Dobbins and backup running back Mark Ingram are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, and defensive tackle Brandon Williams is on the list because of contact tracing during an outbreak that apparently is still surging throughout the organization. All three players are ineligible for Thursday's game, and more trouble is looming with contact tracing and daily testing that could push Baltimore over the threshold for fielding a competitive team.

However, the NFL is pushing to make sure the game goes off as scheduled.

"It's a crazy kind of time that we're living in," Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews said. "It kind of goes with this year."


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The Ravens, also recovering from a gut-punch loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, did not practice Tuesday and planned to hold all activities virtually leading up to the game.

The Steelers are neither feeling sorry for Baltimore nor expecting an advantage.

"This is just an unusual year when it comes to everything we have to do and everyone has to do," Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "What are you going to do? You just have to do what they tell you and go play ball."

Because of the short week, Roethlisberger didn't expect to throw in practice. The Steelers listed him as limited Tuesday because of a quadriceps issue. He believes there is plenty of juice to the rivalry regardless of odd circumstances.

"It's AFC North. Primetime. Thanksgiving," he said. "It's got all of the makings for a Steelers-Ravens matchup. It doesn't matter who's hurt, who's winning, who's losing."

For the Steelers (10-0), the game is a chance to take another step toward a potential perfect season and solidify their hold on the division lead. For Baltimore (6-4), it is a shot at spoiling Pittsburgh's path toward perfection and getting back into the conversation for a division title.

Baltimore is one of nine AFC teams entering Thursday with six or more victories. The playoffs are no guarantee.

The Ravens dropped behind Cleveland into third place in the division Sunday as they blew a 10-point lead and fell 30-24 to Tennessee, while the Browns beat Philadelphia. Baltimore trails the Steelers by four games with six to play.

In the teams' first meeting in Week 8, Pittsburgh pulled out a 28-24 win with Roethlisberger's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Chase Claypool in Baltimore.

Dobbins rushed for a season-best 113 yards. Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 208 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.


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The Ravens are down to Gus Edwards (376 yards, three touchdowns, 4.4 yards a carry this year) and Justice Hill as their running backs for Thursday. Hill has played primarily on special teams and has no carries this year.

"You look at Gus and Justice, those two guys are incredible athletes, incredible players, and they're going to do their job just fine and hold that torch and do their thing," Andrews said. "There's no worries there."

Coach Jim Harbaugh also downplayed the absences.

"The run game is a group effort," he said. "I'm sure we'll run the ball on Thursday night."

Not if the Steelers can help it.

"It's not like we are laying off the gas pedal by any stretch," Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt said.

While Baltimore had players being added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, Pittsburgh activated tight end Vance McDonald from that list.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot), who apparently got hurt stepping on a penalty flag late in Sunday's 27-3 win in Jacksonville, and defensive lineman Cam Heyward (ankle) were limited in practice Tuesday.

The Steelers win a close game at home, but the best bet is the Ravens point spread.

--Field Level Media

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Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers

Player Position Lineup
Miles Boykin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bradley Bozeman primary: Left Guard Starter
Orlando Brown Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Marquise Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chuck Clark primary: Strong Safety Starter
Gus Edwards primary: Runningback Starter
DeShon Elliott primary: Free Safety Starter
Justin Ellis primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jaylon Ferguson primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
L.J. Fort primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Robert Griffin III primary: Quarterback Starter
Marlon Humphrey primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Marcus Peters primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Ben Powers primary: Right Guard Starter
Jimmy Smith primary: Cornerback Starter
Derek Wolfe primary: Defensive End Starter
Patrick Queen primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Devin Duvernay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trystan Colon-Castillo primary: Center Starter
D.J. Fluker primary: Right Tackle Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Eric Tomlinson primary: Tight End Starter
Chris Board primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Tyus Bowser primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Justice Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Sam Koch primary: Punter Substitution
Trace McSorley primary: Quarterback Substitution
Justin Tucker primary: Kicker Substitution
Aaron Adeoye primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Anthony Levine Sr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Nick Moore primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Malik Harrison primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Tyre Phillips primary: Guard Substitution
Ben Bredeson primary: Guard Substitution
Broderick Washington primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
James Proche II primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chauncey Rivers primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kristian Welch primary: Linebacker Substitution
Aaron Crawford primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jordan Richards primary: Safety Substitution
Sean Culkin primary: Tight End Substitution
Dez Bryant primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tramon Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Luke Willson primary: Tight End Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brandon Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
R.J. Prince primary: Guard Did not play
Tyler Huntley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ty'Son Williams primary: Runningback Did not play
Jake Rodgers primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Tyson Alualu primary: Nose Tackle Starter
David DeCastro primary: Right Guard Starter
Bud Dupree primary: Right Outside Linebacker Starter
Terrell Edmunds primary: Strong Safety Starter
Matt Feiler primary: Left Guard Starter
Minkah Fitzpatrick primary: Free Safety Starter
Joe Haden primary: Left Cornerback Starter
J.C. Hassenauer primary: Center Starter
Cameron Heyward primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Mike Hilton primary: Cornerback Starter
Diontae Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vance McDonald primary: Tight End Starter
Steven Nelson primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Chukwuma Okorafor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ben Roethlisberger primary: Quarterback Starter
JuJu Smith-Schuster primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Benny Snell Jr. primary: Runningback Starter
Robert Spillane primary: Left Inside Linebacker Starter
Alejandro Villanueva primary: Left Tackle Starter
T.J. Watt primary: Left Outside Linebacker Starter
Vince Williams primary: Right Inside Linebacker Starter
Ray-Ray McCloud primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marcus Allen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chris Boswell primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaiah Buggs primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kameron Canaday primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Justin Layne primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cameron Sutton primary: Cornerback Substitution
James Washington primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Henry Mondeaux primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Derwin Gray primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jordan Dangerfield primary: Safety Substitution
Derek Watt primary: Fullback Substitution
Chris Wormley primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Eric Ebron primary: Tight End Substitution
Chase Claypool primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alex Highsmith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Anthony McFarland Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Kevin Dotson primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Carlos Davis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
James Pierre primary: Cornerback Substitution
Sean Davis primary: Safety Substitution
Wendell Smallwood primary: Runningback Substitution
Jordan Berry primary: Punter Substitution
Avery Williamson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Rudolph primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jaylen Samuels primary: Runningback Not active
Kevin Rader primary: Tight End Not active
Anthony Coyle primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Antoine Brooks Jr. primary: Defensive Back Not active
Joshua Dobbs primary: Quarterback Not active
Jayrone Elliott primary: Linebacker Not active

Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
    • Rusher: Gus Edwards
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 14 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Joe Haden
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • Period 2
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 70 Yards
    • Passer: Trace McSorley
    • Pass Receiver: Marquise Brown
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 3 - 17
  • @Tennessee W 20 - 13
  • @Cincinnati W 38 - 3
  • N.Y. Giants W 13 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 40
  • @Cleveland W 47 - 42
  • Dallas W 17 - 34
  • @Pittsburgh L 14 - 19
  • Tennessee L 30 - 24
  • @New England L 17 - 23
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Cleveland L 48 - 37
  • @Cleveland L 22 - 24
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 28
  • @Cincinnati L 17 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 15 - 26
  • Washington L 23 - 17
  • Baltimore W 14 - 19
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 3
  • Cincinnati W 10 - 36
  • @Dallas W 24 - 19

Last Meetings

  • Ravens @ Steelers 14-19
  • Steelers @ Ravens 28-24
  • Steelers @ Ravens 10-28
  • Ravens @ Steelers 26-23
  • Steelers @ Ravens 23-16
  • Ravens @ Steelers 26-14
  • Ravens @ Steelers 38-39
  • Steelers @ Ravens 26-9
  • Ravens @ Steelers 27-31
  • Steelers @ Ravens 14-21

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Le'Veon Bell

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bell has a knee injury, and it is up in the air if he will dress for the AFC Championship game versus the Chiefs.

  • Le'Veon Bell

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bell is hampered by a knee injury, but it is expected that he will play in the AFC divisional round against the Browns.

Baltimore Ravens

  • Za'Darius Smith

    Thumb
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith has a thumb injury, leaving his status against the Packers in the NFC Championship game hazy.

  • Davontae Harris

    Thigh
    Ques Sat | I-R

    Harris has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a thigh injury, and the team will have three weeks to activate him.

  • Lamar Jackson

    Concussion
    day-to-day | out

    Jackson left Saturday's game to be evaluated for a concussion, and he will not return.

  • D.J. Fluker

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fluker is nursing a knee injury, leaving his status for the AFC divisional round against the Bills clouded.

  • Marcus Peters

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Peters is managing a back injury, but he will likely face the Bills in the AFC divisional round.

  • Za'Darius Smith

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Smith has injuries to his ankle and thumb, and it is unknown if he will be a play against the Rams in the NFC divisional round.

  • Ben Bredeson

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bredeson will spend an extended period on the injured reserve list due to an unspecified injury.