The Thanksgiving Day game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers is coming along at the perfect time to mean a great deal to both teams. Some might smirk at the thought of a game between two teams that are just below the .500 mark for the season. In the AFC however this game actually means quite a lot to both teams. This is not just another turkey bowl; it’s a game with AFC playoff implications.
One glance at the average stats for these two teams will tell you that they are very evenly matched. There is no clear advantage for either team going in. The closest stat for each team is the most important and that is their record.
Those five teams are all tied for the final playoff spot in the AFC. Obviously among those teams the ones that leave week 13 with a 6 – 6 record will have quite a leg up on those who come out at 5 – 7. That isn’t the only reason the game is important however.
The Ravens and Steelers are also tied for second in the AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals at 7 – 7. If the Bengals happen to falter a little bit, the winner of this Thanksgiving Day game will have a great chance to overtake the lead in the division. With any luck it will be a good game. If I had to make a prediction I would pick the Steelers to win 20-17 in a classic.