The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only undefeated team left in the NFL and they are not even favored on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. How is that possible? The Steelers have the second best defense in the league after a surge by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unit. They're more than capable scoring now that Ben Roethlisberger is back and healthy with the team. They face their biggest test of the year so far though in the Ravens after a huge matchup last week against the then undefeated Tennessee Titans.
Maybe this Steelers team isn't favored because they barely won that game in Nashville. Future Hall of Famer Stephen Gostkowski's brutal season continues as he missed the last second field goal that would have sent the Titans/Steelers game into overtime. He is 10-16 in his field goal attempts and has a 62.5 field goal percentage which is the lowest in his career by far.
The Steelers had bigger problems in that game though as the Steelers defense allowed a 17-point comeback to the Titans, after Pittsburgh had a 24-7 halftime lead and only scored three in the second half. It didn't help that Roethlisberger threw three interceptions against the Titans. Before that, he only threw one interception in the previous five games. Big Ben has to turn it around quick against the Ravens who have a top-5 defense of their own.
If the Steelers are going to get any advantage on this defense it's going to have to be on the ground. Pittsburgh wasn't all that efficient against the Titans running the ball but the Ravens are giving up 109 yards per game on average. James Conner rushed for a respectable 82 yards against the Titans but did not reach the endzone. That has to change if the running game is going to take some pressure off Roethlisberger against this stout Ravens' pass defense.
What TV Channel is Steelers-Ravens on?
Steelers-Ravens will be shown on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.