We goal to complete robust right here. And the second-half run has been actual. We went 2-0 per week in the past, bringing us to 24-17 on the season. We now have had our share of unhealthy beats, to make certain, and on the whole have been fairly considered about how we method our craft.This has been a weird 12 months and the COVID issue makes issues even crazier and now we’re in Week 18 for the primary time, too. And it is simply the second 12 months of getting solely a single bye week, so we do not have a lot information but on how completely different groups and coaches will method being successfully caught right into a playoff spot. As a result of total, there is not a lot at stake in most of those video games. Determining the motivation and the way they are going to play it’s difficult at finest.So, yeah, I am not going to loopy right here. I most likely like this slate of video games the least of any all season. It is actually within the backside two or three. I’ve been using the Steelers just a little bit currently, and with Massive Ben and T.J. Watt having some very particular issues at stake right here, nicely, let’s get to the picks.
It is a large quantity to me. These video games are normally beneath a area aim and at all times appear to return right down to the top even in years when the Steelers and Ravens are usually not shut within the standings. This 12 months, they’re very shut within the standings, Neither group can do a lot of something on offense, and scoring TDs will probably be at a premium.The Steelers’ protection ought to go off towards Baltimore’s inept offensive line, and with Watt chasing historical past, look out. He had 3.5 sacks, 12 pressures and 6 QB hits within the first assembly. The Ravens being with out do-everything fullback Patrick Ricard will damage in move safety and their finest blocking TE will most likely miss the sport as nicely. Baltimore has been incapable of manufacturing large performs within the second half of the season, whereas the Ravens’ protection is the worst big-play group within the NFL, and they’re beat up on the again finish.
The Steelers are an enormous YAC group and Baltimore’s secondary does not sort out and the Ravens have been the worst group within the NFL at giving up YAC. I noticed critical moneyline potential within the Steelers final week, and I see it once more right here. They’ve far more blue-chip gamers going on this sport than the Ravens do, and Baltimore has been brutal inside the division this season.