#1 Bold Predictions: Ravens vs. Steelers Week 4 von douhua2233 23.11.2018 03:47

has been circled on the calendar since the NFL schedule was released Cheap Za'Darius Smith Jersey , as Ravens-Steelers is always a must watch showdown. The Baltimore Beatdown staff outlines bold predictions for the matchup. Sage’s predictions:The Ravens will win the turnover battle.Through three games, Baltimore has three interceptions on the season to Pittsburgh’s four. The Ravens have forced just one fumble (failing to recover the football), while the Steelers have forced four fumbles and recovered two of them. Expect the Ravens to intercept at least one of Ben Roethlisberger’s pass attempts, as he has already thrown four picks on the year to Joe Flacco’s two. Baltimore’s run defense will contain James Conner. Last week, Conner rebounded from his disappointing Week 2 performance, averaging two more yards per carry. However, do not anticipate him to match his explosive 135 yard, two touchdown showing from the Steelers Week 1 tie with the Browns. Despite allowing an average of 103.7 rushing yards, Baltimore’s run defense will take advantage of the fact that Conner has never been the number one back in the rivalry, and Le’Veon Bell’s absence will be felt.Vasilis’ predictions:Marlon Humphrey will hold Antonio Brown below 50 yards receiving.Humphrey nearly shut out Brown last December, and Antonio has been out of sync with Ben Roethlisberger this season. This is a prime opportunity to let Marlon shadow Brown and put the defensive personnel in position to succeed.Justin Tucker will kick a game winning field goal with less than a minute remaining.Flacco has produced some of the best games of his career in Pittsburgh, includingcomeback wins in 2010, 2011 and 2015. Joe will drive down the field in the 4th quarter and allow the most clutch kicker in NFL history to secure the victory.Frank’s predictions: John Brown will have 150+ receiving yards and two touchdowns.Brown is off to a strong start this season. Through three games, he leads the Ravens with 222 receiving yards, which ranks 20th in the league. His 18.5 yards per catch average is reflective of his big-play ability. The Steelers defense has struggled in pass coverage this season, and Brown should be able to get loose for a couple of big gains. Getting his first taste of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry in prime time, look for “Smokey” to have a huge performance. Hayden Hurst leads all tight ends in catches and yards in his regular season debut.The Ravens first round pick returned to practice this week and is looking to make his debut on Sunday night. If he suits up Alex Lewis Jersey , it should not take long for Hurst to make an impact. Although the Ravens tight end room is crowded, Baltimore drafted Hurst for a reason. He is a legit pass-catching threat with sure hands and crisp route-running ability. Look for him to get acclimated quickly and outproduce Mark Andrews, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. Dustin’s predictions:Alex Collins will rush for 150 yards. Throughout the first three weeks, Collins has yet to eclipse 100 rushing yards in a game. Pittsburgh currently has the 24th ranked run defense, and Baltimore will use that to their advantage by fully unleashing Collins. In the last meeting between these two teams, Collins rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carriers. Expect an even better performance on Sunday night, with Collins rushing for 150 yards.Matthew Judon will have three sacks.The third-year edge rusher has started this season slower than many had hoped. However, Judon will make his presence felt against the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s right tackle Marcus Gilbert could potentially miss the game, which Judon will take advantage of, racking up at least three sacks, similar to his performance against Tennessee last season.State of the AFC North: Week 4 The Bengals traveled to Atlanta, a difficult place to win for a road team, and escaped a huge victory. They outlasted Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in a high-scoring affair to improve to 3-1 on the season. Marvin Lewis’s squad has surprised many this season. Cincinnati remains tied atop the division with Baltimore after the Ravens defeated the Steelers on Sunday night. Pittsburgh’s loss drops them to 1-2-1, a disappointing start for a team with high expectations. The Steelers failed to score in the second half. The Browns are also 1-2-1 after falling on the road to Oakland in overtime action. Cleveland had a good opportunity to win, but failed to execute late, as is the case in several of their games this season. Bengals defeat Falcons: 37-36 Late-game heroics After scoring 14 points in each of the first two quarters, the Bengals offense mustered just nine points in the second half. Their defense gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense and forced zero turnovers. And still Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey , the Bengals were able to secure a victory. Down by six points in the fourth quarter, Andy Dalton orchestrated a 16 play, 75-yard touchdown drive. With 10 seconds remaining in the game, Dalton found A.J. Green for a 13-yard touchdown. It was Dalton’s third touchdown of the day, and Green’s fifth touchdown reception on the season. Those two have been in-sync through the first four weeks and will look to keep it rolling against the Dolphins next week. A significant blow In what was difficult for many to watch, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert broke his ankle midway through the contest and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Eifert has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, and this is yet another disappointing injury to a talented pass-catcher. Eifert brings legit size and route-running ability, and is one of Andy Dalton’s go-to targets in the red zone. Prior to exiting the contest, Eifert had four catches, 38 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will handle the tight end snaps in his absence. While both are capable pass-catchers, neither can replicate what Eifert brings to the offense. Browns fall to Raiders: 45-42Baker Mayfield’s first start All eyes were on the first overall pick after his electric debut in Week 3. After leading the Browns to their first victory in nearly two years, Mayfield fell short of securing another victory against the Raiders. Baker threw a pick-6 on the opening drive, his first of two interceptions on the day. He also lost two fumbles. In addition to the turnovers, his completion percentage left much to be desired, as he completed just 21/41 passes. On a positive note, however, he threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns two losses have been by a combined six points. Mayfield will look for better results in Week 5 Eric Weddle Jersey , when Cleveland returns home to host the Ravens. Controversial Referees Many can argue the Browns would have won this game if it not for a questionable decision by the referees. Cleveland was up 42-34 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter with possession of the ball. On a 3rd & 2, Carlos Hyde rushed for two yards and was originally given the first down. However, after further review, the referees called him short of the marker and the Browns were forced to punt the ball away. Derek Carr led a touchdown drive and hooked up with Jordy Nelson for the two-point conversion, sending the game into overtime. The Browns failed to execute in OT and the Raiders kicked a game-winning field goal. Ravens defeat Steelers: 26-14 Flacco shines in primetime action Joe Flacco continued his strong start to the season on Sunday night. Despite the lack of an effective run game for much of the night, Flacco was accurate and made good decisions. He completed 28/42 passes for 363 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. His quarterback rating of 109.5 was also impressive, and his numbers would look even better if not for several drops by receivers. Flacco connected with 11 different receivers on the night. His performance was far better than the last time the Ravens played on national television, when Flacco struggled against the Bengals in Week 2. Defense comes up big The Ravens defense held their own against the Steelers talented offense. After allowing 14 points in the second quarter, Baltimore shut out Pittsburgh in the second half and picked off Ben Roethlisberger late in the game.Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr did a particularly good job of limiting Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster to a combined nine catches and 122 yards on 22 total targets. Baltimore completely took away the Steelers run game, limiting James Connor to just 19 yards on nine carries. The Ravens have not allowed a second half touchdown this season, a streak they’ll look to continue against Cleveland next week. Steelers fall to Ravens: 14-26 Time to worry about the run game? As mentioned above, the Steelers could not get anything going on the ground. It’s no secret that James Connor is no Le’Veon Bell, but the lack of production out of the backfield is concerning. In Week 1, Connor rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He appeared to be on his way to becoming a breakout star this season. However, it’s been tough sledding since. Over the past three weeks, Connor has rushed for just 97 yards on 32 carries Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey , good for an average of 3.0 YPC. The Steelers need more balance in the offense, or teams will be able to key in on their receivers as the Ravens did in Week 4. Struggles at Heinz field The Steelers generally perform well at home, but this has been the case to begin the season. Pittsburgh is now 0-2 at home, losing to the Chiefs and Ravens. Things won’t get any easier either. Here are the remaining teams the Steelers host this season, in order; Falcons, Browns, Panthers, Chargers, Patriots, and the Bengals. None of these games will be easy outs, and the Steelers will need a sharp turnaround if they want to improve their home record. The Falcons come to town next week. Despite their 1-3 record, Atlanta’s offense is one of the most potent in the league and the Steelers will have their hands full.

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