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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Tucker could star in feisty AFC North showdown

Pittsburgh's defensive struggles may continue

Baltimore's kicker Justin Tucker could be the difference maker
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Sky Sports Action, 1.20am Sunday night

These are trying times for Pittsburgh fans used to a steady stream of success. Cleveland ended a 17-game losing streak with a tie on the opening day, they shipped 42 points against Kansas City and star running back Le’Veon Bell’s contract holdout shows no sign of ending.

However, the Steelers survived a late revival from Tampa Bay to win a lively game 30-27 on Monday and they are just one win off the top of the competitive-looking AFC North.

Their defence continues to be a cause for concern. They have already conceded 90 points, and rank fourth-worst in the NFL.

There should be plenty of opportunities for the Ravens offence to get downfield, and for talisman Justin Tucker to kick field goals.

Whenever Baltimore make it into Pittsburgh territory he is the perfect safety net to ensure they take points away from the drive.

With no love lost between these two divisional rivals, a feisty game is likely with the potential for both to put up big scores.

Pittsburgh have struggled to contain opposing offences, and it is likely that Tucker will have his chance to put three points on the board for John Harbaugh’s side on more than one occasion.

Recommendation
Baltimore Ravens over 1.5 field goals
1pt 11-10 bet365

The lowdown
Venue 
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Surface 
Grass
Weather 
Partly cloudy, 24C
Vegas handicap
Pittsburgh -3
Vegas points line 
50

Team news
Baltimore
Tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee) are rated questionable. Cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) are out.

Pittsburgh
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) is set to play. Cornerback Mike Hilton (elbow) and safety Morgan Burnett (groin) are doubtful.

Key Stat
The Steelers have conceded the fifth-most points in the league.


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