In the midst of an NFL season that is on course to set records for the most points and touchdowns, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are winning on the strength of their defenses. The Steelers have the top-ranked unit in the league in terms of fewest yards allowed (286.3 per game) and are riding a streak of 63 games in a row with at least one sack. The Ravens are yielding an NFL-low 17.3 points per game and have forced a turnover in 19 consecutive games.
This season, as a result of COVID-19 protocols, more players are being held out of practice as a precautionary measure if they are flagged for any COVID-19 symptoms. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was held out of practice because of this three weeks ago and defensive end Derek Wolfe was held out of the team’s Week 4 game against the Washington Football Team after being flagged for symptoms. Neither Jackson nor Wolfe tested positive for COVID-19.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) and Baltimore Ravens (5-1) meet at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday of Week 8 at 1 p.m. ET. Here, we analyze the Steelers-Ravens Week 8 matchup, including the betting odds, spread and lines, and our NFL picks and predictions.