When you start the season 0-3, and your lone win the following week is against the now 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals, you can’t expect much respect from the media who encompass the NFL landscape. This is the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are coming off a 27-3 win on Monday Night Football, as they prepare to host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
While the Ravens sport a better record, 2-2, they are hardly a hot team coming to Heinz Field this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. After blowing the doors off the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, and barely holding on against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, the Ravens have dropped consecutive games to both the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.
On paper this game seems like a slam dunk pick, but you have to wonder if the Steelers will start to put the pieces of the puzzle together with a talented defense, and an offense slowly getting acclimated to life with Mason Rudolph at quarterback.
Let’s see who the experts like in this Week 5 AFC North matchup...
If you visit the expert picks here at SB Nation, you won’t find many people liking the Steelers to hold serve at home. In fact, only one of the experts on the panel believes the Steelers have what it takes to get the win at Heinz Field this weekend.
At ESPN the experts are a little more open to the Steelers winning at home as underdogs. Three experts of the ten person panel like the Steelers to move their record to 2-3, and send the Ravens to the same win-loss total at the same time.
At CBS Sports, they like the Ravens, but provide some explanation to their pick. See what they have to say:
Baltimore’s “D” is in free fall, and the Steelers have finally found offensive life. Mike Tomlin will have his guys fired up enough to make this closer than it should be, but in the end, Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and Marquise Brown will be too much handle.
Prediction: Ravens 29, Steelers 24
These are just a few sites who produce expert picks on a weekly basis. What about all the other sites across the internet who do the same? This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in and lend a helping hand. NFL Pick Watch takes all expert picks and puts them in an easy-to-read graph to see who experts like in any game that particular week.
According to NFL Pick Watch, 74% of NFL experts like the Ravens in Week 5. Will this come to fruition, or will the Steelers be able to ‘stack’ wins for the first time in 2019? Only time will tell who walks away victorious in this game, but one this is for sure — a lot is on the line in this contest.