The Pittsburgh Steelers are as great as 11.5-point favorites against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16, but is this game truly going to be a blowout, or more of a traditional Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh game which leaves fans bruised and battered just watching the game?
There is an argument for both, but the blowout certainly seems more probable. Without even talking about X's and O's, the amount of injuries the Ravens have sustained throughout the 2015 regular season is enough to make someone's head spin. A whopping 18 players have already been placed on injured reserve, and nearly every level of the Ravens' team has been impacted by injuries.
Joe Flacco, Steve Smith Sr., Justin Forsett and Crocket Gilmore are all just a few of the well-known players who's season ended almost as early as it started. The Steelers team has dealt with adversity, most in the first half of the season, but have kept their heads above water and now face a "win-and-in" situation where they can clinch a playoff spot with a victory Sunday.
It seems like ages ago when Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant faced suspensions to start the season, Maurkice Pouncey was injured in the preseason and Josh Scobee tried to single-handedly ruin the team's plans for postseason dominance.
Nonetheless, here we are on the even of Week 16 in the NFL and the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers are traveling to M&T Bank Stadium for a date with the Baltimore Ravens. Who will win this matchup? We want to know your prediction. Enter your score in the Crowd's Line predictor tool below, and try out the new format where you can register your name, and the tool will keep track of your predictions. Also, our predictions here at BTSC will be compared to those over at Baltimore Beatdown. Be sure to prove fans of the Steelers are the more knowledgeable and realistic fan base.
As for my prediction, I don't think this Baltimore Ravens can score with the high-flying Pittsburgh Steelers. Their defensive backs can't handle the trio of Martavis Bryant, Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, not to mention DeAngelo Williams and Heath Miller. Ben Roethlisberger should have another big day for Pittsburgh as they roll over their AFC North rivals, and punch their ticket to the postseason.
Jeff Hartman's Prediction (BTSC Editor):