There are plenty of reason to dislike the Baltimore Ravens if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but it is hard not to admit to a begrudging amount of respect for the team in the ugly purple uniforms. Unlike the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, the rivalry the Steelers have with Baltimore is a genuine one, built on the back of hard fought contest between two of the league’s more successful franchises.
Something of a mirror image of each other in recent years, the Ravens struggles on offense have matched Pittsburgh’s woes on defense, but it might be fair to say Baltimore has done a better job of fixing their problems this offseason. Thankfully, Joe Flacco still remains at quarterback for now, which is always good news for whichever team has the Ravens on the schedule. With his continual slide into mediocrity showing no real signs of abating in 2018, his performance on Sunday should be an indicator of just how suspect the Steelers’ secondary really is.
While it might be somewhat premature to suggest the match is a must win game for Pittsburgh, they really cannot afford to drop their second home game of the season to a divisional rival given their disappointing start to the season.
Game: Baltimore Ravens (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1)
Date: Sunday, September 30
Kickoff: 8.20 p.m. ET
Venue: Heinz Field
Weather: Live weather update
TV Channel: NBC, broadcast locally on WPXI-TV with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as commentators and Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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If both David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert can complete the week as full participants in practice once again on Friday, there is a good chance both will be back on the field to face the Ravens. Perhaps the biggest concern for the Steelers ahead of the weekend is the status of Morgan Burnett and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and both will need to prove they are sufficiently recovered in the final practice session of the week if they are to play on Sunday. Mike Hilton might be the biggest question mark to suit up against Baltimore given his elbow injury, but he could yet be available for the game. Terrell Suggs is the most notable injury concern for the Ravens after he sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday.