The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in the second game of wild card weekend Saturday. The Steelers claimed the AFC North by edging out Baltimore and Cincinnati. This marks the third time Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will meet this season. Both teams won by 20 at home, which would seemingly bode well for the Steelers. They are a field goal favorite in this one.
The biggest question mark for this game is the absence of Le'Veon Bell. The All Pro running back has been ruled out with a knee injury. He has been a dynamic running back this season, driving the ground game, but also helping to set up the passing game. Football Outsiders ranked the Steelers No. 12 in rushing and No. 1 in passing. I still think the Steelers win this game because Roethlisberger can put this offense on his back for at least today.
Joe Flacco is a guy who has shown he can put on offense on his back, which we saw in the 2012 playoffs. Of course, he also can shoot the team in the foot with relative ease. I would argue he is the biggest wild card in this game. I don't expect the Ravens to make it out of Saturday, but maybe Flacco surprises us. Favorites were 0-3-1 ATS in last year's opening weekend. If this game turns into a shootout, all bets are off.
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
When: 8:25 p.m. ET
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Radio: Ravens Radio Network, Steelers Radio Network
Online streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile | NBC Sports
Odds: Pittsburgh is favored by 3 points at home against Baltimore, with an over/under of 46.5, per OddsShark.
Ravens blog: Baltimore Beatdown.
Steelers blog: Behind The Steel Curtain