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NFL Showdown: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens - A Clash of Rivals

As the NFL regular season draws to a close, one of the most intense rivalries in the league is set to ignite the upcoming week. The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7; 9-7-0 ATS) are gearing up for their annual faceoff against the #1-seed Baltimore Ravens (13-3; 11-5-0 ATS) in Maryland on Saturday afternoon. The Ravens, eager to avoid being swept by their AFC North rivals, will host the Steelers in what promises to be a compelling matchup at M&T Bank Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Pittsburgh's Playoff Quest The Steelers have multiple paths to secure a playoff berth, with most scenarios hinging on avoiding a loss. A win coupled with a loss by the Jaguars or Bills could propel them into the postseason. In their Week 5 encounter, the Steelers held the Ravens to just 10 points, relying on a defense that ranks seventh in fewest points allowed per game (19.6). Led by T.J. Watt, the Steelers' defense has notched 25 takeaways and 43 sacks, demonstrating their ability to disrupt opposing offenses. However, their defense allows 5.5 yards per play, ranking 26th in the NFL, and will need to step up to contain the Ravens' formidable offense.

The Steelers' offense, which has struggled throughout the season, showed promise in the past two weeks with Mason Rudolph at the helm, producing the team's only two 30-point performances of the season. Despite their commendable ball security, with only 14 giveaways, the Steelers' offense has encountered challenges, ranking 27th in points per game and 29th in passing yards. A strong offensive showing will be crucial for Pittsburgh to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Baltimore's Dominance Meanwhile, the Ravens have clinched the top spot in the AFC and are focused on maintaining their momentum and staying healthy. With a resounding victory over the Dolphins last week, the Ravens secured their position at the pinnacle of the AFC standings. As they prepare to host the Steelers, the Ravens may opt to rest many starters, including MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson, to ensure their key players are in optimal condition for the postseason.

Baltimore's offense has been a force to be reckoned with, ranking second in points per game and leading the league in rushing. Their efficient passing attack, coupled with their adept ball security, positions the Ravens as a formidable offensive powerhouse. However, the Ravens' defense is their ultimate strength, leading the NFL in several key defensive categories. While some defensive players may be sidelined due to injuries, the Ravens' defensive prowess and ability to stifle opposing offenses make them a formidable force to contend with.

As the Steelers and Ravens gear up for a crucial showdown, football enthusiasts can anticipate an electrifying clash between these longstanding rivals. With playoff implications at stake, both teams will be eager to leave it all on the field and secure a pivotal victory. As the regular season draws to a close, all eyes will be on the Steelers and Ravens as they prepare to deliver a thrilling and fiercely contested matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.

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