Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, this week's Baltimore-Pittsburgh game has been moved to Sunday as the Ravens deal with multiple positive COVID-19 tests. Even with the postponement, Baltimore will have to face the undefeated Steelers without two of its top running backs, Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins?, who tested positive earlier in the week.
That means the Ravens' No. 1 rushing attack will be led by Gus Edwards and Justice Hill -- as well as Lamar Jackson?, of course. Per usual, the reigning MVP must play well as the focal point of Greg Roman's offense, but in this space today, I'm going to focus on the backs, specifically Edwards.
This is a huge opportunity for the third-year RB who suddenly finds himself in a bright spotlight. Not only is Baltimore-Pittsburgh as fierce a rivalry as you'll find in the NFL today, but the scuffling Ravens suddenly sit outside of the playoff field. With three losses in the past four weeks, Baltimore (6-4) could really use a marquee win over the current AFC king (10-0 Pittsburgh holds the No. 1 seed) to get back in the postseason race. There's a lot at stake, and Edwards has the goods to get it done.
Although the Ravens lost their first meeting to the Steelers back in Week 8, 28-24, Baltimore ran the ball extremely well, racking up a season-high 265 rushing yards (third-most in a game by any team this season). And Edwards recorded season highs in carries (16) and yards (87), hitting paydirt once. In order for the "Gus Bus" to post new bests this Sunday, Baltimore needs to get its 6-foot-1, 238-pounder running downhill between the tackles with square shoulders early and often. Edwards' big frame and bruising rushing style have allowed him to rack up 66.7 percent of his rushing yards after contact -- the highest percentage of any Ravens rusher this season, according to Pro Football Focus.