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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Ravens rusher could enjoy an excellent day

West can lead the charge for Baltimore

Baltimore running back Terrance West scored twice against Cleveland
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Two of the league's fiercest rivals lock horns in Sky's early clash and both Pittsburgh and Baltimore have to bounce back from disappointing results last week.

The Ravens were embarrassed in a 44-7 loss to Jacksonville at Wembley where quarterback Joe Flacco could not get anything going.

After successive AFC North victories over winless Cincinnati and Cleveland, the Jaguars loss perhaps pointed to a difficult campaign.

The story was similar at Pittsburgh where the division favourites were sunk in overtime by Chicago, who have looked poor in their other three outings of the campaign.

The Steelers have one of the best offences in the game, but they have not been able to demonstrate that in the opening three weeks, with star running back Le'Veon Bell proving a particular disappointment.

Baltimore has not proved a good hunting ground for Pittsburgh as they have won on just three of their last 14 visits. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has tended to struggle on his travels and looks a different player to the one who rules the roost at Heinz Field.

Their rushing defence has to be a concern and after Jordan Howard enjoyed a great day against them last week - the Bears running back chalked up 140 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Ravens are likely to utilise their running game heavily, particularly as Flacco has to pick himself from his nightmare in London, and it could be worth taking a chance on Terrance West scoring a touchdown.

He went over twice in Baltimore's week two 24-10 win over Cleveland and can make his presence felt again.

T West to score a touchdown
1pt 7-2 Betfair, Paddy Power

Team news
Safeties Sean Davis (ankle) and Mike Mitchell (hamstring) have both been limited in practice this week. Linebacker James Harrison is questionable due to illness.

Tight end Benjamin Watson should be fit after a calf injury.

Key stat
Baltimore have covered the handicap in five of their last six home games.

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The Ravens were embarrassed in a 44-7 loss to Jacksonville at Wembley where quarterback Joe Flacco could not get anything going
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