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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on 12/1/2020 at 8:00PM.

Baltimore and Pittsburgh face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Baltimore has a record of 6-4 this season. Pittsburgh is 0-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Baltimore Team Defense Preview

Baltimore yields 5.9 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 30.1 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.74 points per offensive possession. On 30.0% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 13.6% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 25.1 and these drives typically last 2:38.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 91.0 and 1.4% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Baltimore has forced a sack rate of 7.0% this season.

We will get more situational with Baltimore and examine various situations. They have faced 119 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 41 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 34.5%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 21 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 42.9%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 26 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 18 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 69.2%.

Baltimore Team Offense Preview

Baltimore has run 6.0 plays per drive and this offense averages 31.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.21 points per offensive possession. On 41.7% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 11.1% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 31.9 yard line, they usually take up 2:55 of time.

On 5.4% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.5% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Baltimore has given up 24 sacks this season and there were 138 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.9 yards per carry and for 160.5 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 17 times this season.

Examining Baltimore in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 132 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 60 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 45.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 12 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 7 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 58.3%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 34 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 20 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 58.8%.

Pittsburgh Team Defense Preview

Pittsburgh yields 5.5 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 26.6 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.50 points per drive. On 27.0% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 17.4% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 27.3 yard line, they usually take up 2:25 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 71.8 against Pittsburgh and 4.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Pittsburgh has caused a sack rate of 9.9% this season.

Examining Pittsburgh in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 139 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 54 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 38.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 15 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 4 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 26.7%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 25 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 14 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 56.0%.

Pittsburgh Team Offense Preview

Pittsburgh has 5.8 plays per drive, they generate 29.9 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.47 points per drive. 43.1% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 6.9% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 32.7 yard line, they typically last 2:46.

6.3% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Pittsburgh and 1.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Pittsburgh has given up 10 sacks this season and this has resulted in 87 yards lost.

They rushed for 3.9 yards per carry and for 102.2 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 12 times this season.

Examining Pittsburgh in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 147 third down attempts this season and have converted 68 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 46.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 7 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 70.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 36 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 25 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 69.4%.

The Baltimore Roster

The Players to Watch for Baltimore

The Pittsburgh Roster

The Players to Watch for Pittsburgh

Ben Roethlisberger QB 6-5 240

This season, Ben Roethlisberger has put up 2534 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 101.4thus far this season. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ben Roethlisberger has 14 rushing yards, which puts him in the 28.12 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 19 times this season, which puts him in the 54.69 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Chase Claypool WR 6-4 238

This season, Chase Claypool picked up 559 yards. He caught the ball 39 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 8 receiving touchdowns this season.

Cameron Heyward DT 6-5 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Cameron Heyward has 20 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 72.32 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Tyson Alualu DE 6-3 304

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Tyson Alualu has 10 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 23.28 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Minkah Fitzpatrick SS 6-1 207

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Minkah Fitzpatrick had 35 tackles which puts him in the 62.86 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Minkah Fitzpatrick as a ball hawker was able to pick off 4.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 99.18 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Joe Haden CB 5-11 195

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Joe Haden had 36 tackles which puts him in the 89.78 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Joe Haden as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 62.64 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 19 Pittsburgh Steelers 25

Spread Pick: Pittsburgh -3.5 +106 SkyBook
Moneyline Pick: Pittsburgh -170 SkyBook
Total Pick: Under 45 -113 SkyBook and Over 41 -110 bet365