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As HC Mike Tomlin would say, “[The Steelers] are back in the kitchen” this week in
another big AFC North matchup. This week, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers will be tasked with taking down QB Lamar Jackson and the defending division champs in the Baltimore Ravens. Defenses will presumably dictate the outcome of this game, but it will be important to keep an eye on what both offenses can do to manufacture more points than their counterpart. In rivalries such as these, individual standout performances shine above all the rest. This is the week that one can prove their worth and perform in the midst of extreme amounts of diversity.
Listed below are three bold predictions for Sunday’s game, and which team prevails this week just might be up to whether these predictions become reality.
1. Eric Ebron leads Steelers in Receptions
Although he has not put up the stat line that many may have expected him to, Eric Ebron
has been a valuable 3rd down target for QB Ben Roethlisberger. Ebron had his season-high in receptions last week as he hauled in 6 passes for 50 yards, and he should be able
to match that today. Baltimore has 2 trustworthy cornerbacks in Marlon Humphrey and
Marcus Peters. HC John Harbaugh will be comfortable playing a lot of man coverage
with them on the outside of the field, and they have been great in doing so to date. Just as
well, they trust CB Jimmy Smith to take care of business in the slot. Pittsburgh has the
personnel to match them, but the real mismatch comes to the big-bodied Ebron against
the Baltimore linebackers and safeties. Ebron is fast enough to burn by the Ravens