Last time they met the Steelers whipped the Ravens like red headed step children which seemed to spark a offensive downslide that only now they are appear to be recovering from. It so, it couldn't happen at a better time. The Steelers are vulnerable with many of their own fans stating that it possibly the worst 10-2 team they've ever seen. While the Steelers usually get the job done they've played wildly inconsistent as evidenced by their last game against the Bengals. No way should a pro team worth their salt that's ahead 17-3 at the half should take the gas off the pedal that much against a division rival. While I respect what the Steelers have managed to do this season and that the Ravens are all but out of the race for division champions, I can safely say that several Steelers wins were "given," not earned. That won't diminish the intensity of this rivalry and I don't expect that either team will roll over like the Bengals did. The Ravens offense showed us that the pass attack is possible. I won't say"it's back" because one game is not an indicator. However, the revelation by Flacco after the win v Houston that "they need to let the offense loose" is reminiscent of Joe talking the reigns in his historic 2012 SB run. While a SB run is s stretch this year, a strong finish with a playoff appearance appears more likely at least...and vengeance for a 26-9 thrashing would offer some redemption. That said, the Steelers defense is stout AF. They have holes for sure, but this is the wrong week to think the passing attack could yield 250-300 yards and 2 TDs against a secondary ranked 2nd vs the pass. The run game too will face the difficult task of bludgeoning an 8th ranked brick wall. The offense will need to get creative with disguised plays, trickery and lots of short passes on timing routes and 3-5 step drop backs by Joe. The run game will need to mix it up with Collins and Allen to wear down the front 7 with Woodhead being the off-pace and passing downs back. I'd expect the Steelers to try and overwhelm and underwhelming OL early so Joe and the OL needs to be ready for early pressure. A big advantage (and sadly the case) is the absence of Ryan Shazier in which our rushers may be able to take advantage of b/u Matakevich with a dinged up shoulder. The Ravens D needs to to do much of the same in overwhelming the Steelers OL to prevent Roethlisberger from passing. With Jimmy Smith on IR you know he'll will target whoever is covering AB on each play like Savage did with Hopkins. No matter who that is they'll need a ton of safety help over the top. LeVeon Bell will be the main focus after torching Bmore for 144 rush yards, 42 receiving yards and 2 TDs earlier this year. However, we didn't have a full compliment on the D-line then as we do now and I think that they end up stifling Bell once again keeping under 80 yards and no scores. The worry then with so much attention on Bell is then AB and the passing game minus our star CB. My crystal ball is murky here and a Steelers win is more likely than not, but one thing this rivalry has taught me is that the underdog can pull off and upset. While I've written an "L" in for the Ravens for this game earlier this year, especially after the atrocious offensive performance they've displayed up til last week, I'm going "homer pick" for the win, but by a narrow margin. Ravens 19 - Steelers 16. Expect another ho-hum stat line from Joe, a bigger day from our running backs, a gutsy performance from our defense and monster day from Justin Tucker.