The Pittsburgh Steelers are ten-point favorites for their Wednesday matinee with the Baltimore Ravens, but that does not guarantee a victory.
Pittsburgh was also a double-digit favorite over Baltimore back on Dec. 27, 2015, but the Steelers still fell to a Ravens squad led by journeyman quarterback Ryan Mallet 20-17 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Signed just 12 days prior, Mallet passed for 274 yards and a touchdown, out-dueling Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the process.
Roethlisberger struggled against a 4-10 Ravens squad, tossing for just 220 yards with no touchdowns and two costly interceptions.
With Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sidelined due to injury, backup DeAngelo Williams stepped up big with 100 yards and two scores on the ground, though he did lose a fumble. Their three turnovers as a team proved to much to overcome.
Five years later and again facing an underdog Ravens squad led by a backup quarterback, the Steelers will look to change the narrative this afternoon.
Robert Griffin III steps in for Baltimore this time around, replacing star quarterback Lamar Jackson as he battles COVID-19.
Griffin last started in Baltimore’s 28-10 win in Week 17 a year ago, but did not exactly light it up. The veteran passed for 96 yards with an interception, while adding 50 yards on the ground.
With Roethlisberger back under center, the Steelers expect this season’s series finale to go in their favor.