The Baltimore Ravens are set to take on divisional rivals back-to-back-to-back, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.
The Steelers (1-4) have struggled this season, getting the team’s first and only win of the season in Week 6 against the New York Jets. But the record hardly means anything when two rival teams take the field against each other.
When the Ravens and the Steelers meet up two times each regular season, intensity runs high. One team could be the best team in the league and the other team could be the worst and none of it would matter. It’s a rivalry and the teams will be leaving it all out on the field.
The game has a lot riding on it for both teams. For the Ravens, a loss would mean going below .500 and possibly falling further in the divisional rankings. For the Steelers, a loss will put the team at 1-6, making it very difficult for the team to pull themselves out of the bottom of the division. The Steelers fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.
The Ravens have a bye week following the team’s trip to Pittsburgh, but they head to Cleveland to play the Browns in Week 9 and return to Baltimore to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.
The Bengals are currently on top of the AFC North with a record of 4-2. The Ravens are tied with the Browns for second, but the Ravens currently have the edge, having defeated the Browns in Week 2.
It is important for the Ravens to win all three games to help secure a spot in the playoffs. All four teams have weaknesses and the Ravens have the depth and ability to capitalize on those deficiencies.