Top Three Games of the Week

Steelers @ Ravens:

Ben Roethlisberger had just played his last game in Heinz Field of his career for the Steelers after 18 seasons and nothing has been on the line more than this game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers currently sit at 8-7-1 second in the AFC North with Baltimore right behind them at 8-8. Both the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens need some magic to happen all the way down in the sunshine state in Jacksonville and the West in Las Vegas. The Jacksonville Jaguars need to win against the Indianapolis Colts to lose and either team has to win. If the Steelers win against the Ravens, the Colts lose to the Jaguars, and the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders do not end in a tie, the Steelers will end up getting the seven seed in the playoffs. For the Ravens to get the seven seed they need to beat the Steelers, the Colts to lose, the New England Patriots to beat the Miami Dolphins, and the Raiders beat the Chargers. The Ravens are -5.5 point favorites against the Steelers in Baltimore.

Colts @ Jaguars: 

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to cruise by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week at Jacksonville. All the Colts have to do is win and they are in the playoffs. A lot of teams are needing the Jaguars to pull this upset victory out of their hat. The Jaguars have already shown that they are more than capable of upsetting a team as they did earlier in the season by beating the Buffalo Bills who have already clinched their ticket to the playoffs and who are atop the AFC East. The Jaguars beat the Bills 9-6 in a defensive slugfest, the Colts just lost last week to the Las Vegas Raiders who are one of the teams that need the Jags to upset the Colts to get a spot in the playoffs, the other teams are the Ravens and Steelers. The Jaguars are currently +15.5 underdogs against the Colts. To add on, the Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville the past five years. 

49ers @ Rams: 

The 49ers are a win away from clinching their way in the playoffs and the only thing that can stop them is the 12-4 Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers earlier on in the season demolished the Rams 31-10 and showed that they still have glimpses of greatness from their 2019 season when they made it to the Super Bowl falling short to the Chiefs. The Rams have been red hot the past five games and they’re coming off of a thrilling win against the Baltimore Ravens after Von Miller sacked Tyler Huntley and Aaron Donald hit a Ravens receiver to seal it on the final play. The Rams are Super Bowl contenders and the New Orleans Saints are relying on them to win. The Saints need the Rams to win and for themselves to win against the Atlanta Falcons who they already lost to earlier in the season to make the playoffs. Everyone will be watching this game as it’s the last game of the regular season on primetime. The Rams are -2.5 point favorites to win against the 49ers.

Scott Strazzante

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