This Ravens-Steelers game is impossible to pick.
Anything could happen.
As inept as both offenses have been, would it be out of the question for both of them to catch lightning in a bottle on Sunday and put up 20-something points somehow? I can see it now; Roethlisberger wakes up on the right side of the bed, the Steelers o-line is decent enough to keep him upright most of the afternoon, and Big Ben finds Antonio Brown twice for big gains to help give Pittsburgh two scoring drives. Later, a punt return puts them down to the Ravens 25-yard line. A pass interference call gives Pittsburgh first and goal and they punch it on the ground two plays later. Add a couple of field goals and suddenly they have 27 points, somehow.
The same goes with the Ravens. Flacco and Torrey Smith connect on a couple of 50 yard throws. Ray Rice scampers in from six yards out. Bernard Pierce busts in from the three yard line. Lardarius Webb snags a ball that bounces off of someone’s shoulder pads and takes it down to the Pittsburgh 13. On the next play, Flacco finds Marlon Brown in the end zone. A field goal or two from Justin Tucker and you have a 24 or 27 point output.
I can see both of those scenarios. At some point, don’t these two offenses have to produce a game that makes them look like a major league team offensively?
I think so.
But it won’t happen this Sunday. The two defenses are too good to let that stuff happen.
Ravens win 14-9. Pittsburgh’s 1-4 for a reason. They stink. And they’re not winning on Sunday.
(That said, if Baltimore loses on Sunday, all hell’s gonna break loose around here. You can make book on that.)