NFL Week 8 Energy Rankings: Steelers, Ravens in prime three forward of showdown, Tom Brady’s Bucs preserve rising


It is Steelers-Ravens week.

That is all the time a superb factor. When these two groups get collectively, whether or not in Baltimore or Pittsburgh, it is all the time a bodily, nasty warfare. This yr the primary of two matchups is much more intriguing, with the Steelers coming in undefeated at 6-0 and the Ravens at 5-1, with solely a house loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

What makes this sport much more fascinating is that in a yr with gaudy offensive numbers, each of those groups are good on protection. 

The Ravens are on the prime in scoring protection at 17.3 factors per sport, whereas the Steelers are fifth at 19.4 per sport. The Steelers are third within the league in yards per play in opposition to at 4.9, whereas the Ravens are tied for fifth at 5.1 per play.

To place the per-play numbers in perspective, think about there are 10 groups that surrender 6.0 yards or extra per play.

The Steelers, who’re first in my Energy Rankings, are available off a 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. It was a sport the place they appeared much more dominant than the rating would point out, solely to let the Titans again in with some unhealthy turnovers. 

The Ravens, who’re third in my rankings, are off a bye and rested, which is an edge to them. 

Whereas each defenses are good, the offenses aren’t so unhealthy both. Pittsburgh is the third highest scoring group at 30 factors per sport, whereas Baltimore is eighth at 29.8 per sport.

This would possibly come all the way down to a battle of the 2 strengths of the groups, Baltimore’s  run offense in opposition to the Pittsburgh run protection. Baltimore leads the league in speeding with 5.4 yards per try and 164.5 yards per sport. The Steelers are second within the league in run protection, giving up a stingy 3.4 per rush, and are available off a sport the place they restricted Derrick Henry to three.8 per rush.

In fact, Lamar Jackson can throw it down the sphere and Roethlisberger and his passing sport are fairly good as nicely.

Ravens-Steelers is all the time large, and normally the hits will be heard loudly, however this yr it is even larger, a battle of maybe the league’s two finest groups.

Carry it on.

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They made it fascinating in opposition to the Titans, however they discovered a method late to get it performed. Ben Roethlisberger cannot afford the errors he made in that sport in opposition to Baltimore this week. 6-0-0



They’ve proven this season that they’ll win even when Patrick Mahomes does not put up gaudy numbers. That is an indication of a extra full group. 1 6-1-0



They arrive off their bye with an enormous one in opposition to the Steelers. Will probably be the revealing of the new-look protection with Yannick Ngakoue. 1 5-1-0



The protection simply is not adequate. They cannot rush the passer, which is a significant drawback. That unit faces a tricky problem this week in opposition to the 49ers. 2 5-1-0



That group that we noticed in opposition to the Raiders is the true deal. That group can win a Tremendous Bowl. However what occurs now with Antonio Brown on board? 2 5-2-0



Aaron Rodgers bounced again in an enormous method in opposition to the Texans after dropping to Tampa Bay. They nonetheless have some defensive points. 2 5-1-0



The protection simply is not adequate proper now. They battled in dropping to the Steelers, rallying to get into the sport, however the protection must be higher. 2 5-1-0



It wasn’t a dominant displaying in opposition to the Jets, however they discovered a method. Now they’ve an enormous one with the Patriots. 1 5-2-0



So that is the Baker Mayfield many Browns followers had been ready to see. Can he proceed his scorching second half in opposition to the Bengals the remainder of the best way? 1 5-2-0



The protection is spectacular. That’s the a part of the group that’s so significantly better than anticipated. They dominated the Chicago offense, bouncing again after their unhealthy loss to the 49ers. 1 4-2-0



They’re a legit playoff contender. The offense is dynamic, however the protection nonetheless has some points that should be fastened. 3 5-2-0



They discovered a method in opposition to the Panthers, even with a restricted offense. That is the signal of a superb group. The protection confirmed some enchancment too. 4-2-0



They face a tricky street sport as they arrive off their bye and go to Detroit to face a resurgent Lions group. They higher hope Philip Rivers can proceed his scorching play from the sport earlier than the bye. 4-2-0



The offense is terrible. Nick Foles is not good. They cannot transfer the ball. They cannot win video games enjoying the best way they do. 8 5-1-0



Kyle Shanahan is doing a tremendous job with this group after all of the accidents. They’ve gained two straight video games as they head to Seattle to face the Seahawks. 4 4-3-0



At 3-3, they’ve righted their season. The protection has made strides the previous two weeks, which is vital to their turnaround. Now they face a superb Indianapolis group that can inform a greater story of the place they’re as a group. 7 3-3-0



The Bucs confirmed they’ve some big-time flaws on protection. They’ve to repair these rapidly with Cleveland on faucet. 2 3-3-0



They arrive off the bye within the playoff race with Tua Tagovailoa in because the quarterback. How will he play? Was it the appropriate transfer? 3-3-0



Two consecutive losses has them coming again to actuality after the quick begin. They’ve an opportunity to vary that this week with a winnable house sport in opposition to the Falcons. 2 3-4-0



It seems to be like it may be an extended season. The truth is, they face a significant win-or-else sport this week with Buffalo. 4 2-4-0



Justin Herbert gained his first sport on Sunday and continued the spectacular begin to his profession. He seems to be legit, which is the great factor for the longer term.

Justin Herbert gained his first sport on Sunday and continued the spectacular begin to his profession. He seems to be legit, which is the great factor for the longer term.

1 2-4-0



They did not look nice in beating the Giants, however they’re in first place within the division. That is merely superb, with the Cowboys on faucet this week. 1 2-4-1



Drew Lock had a tough go of it in opposition to the Chiefs. These video games will occur for younger passers, nevertheless it’s how he responds that issues. 3 2-4-0


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They dominated the Cowboys on Sunday to get their second victory of the season. Their line of defense is nasty. 7 2-5-0



They’re terrible. The offense is now a multitude. The protection is horrible. But they’re nonetheless within the NFC East race heading into Philadelphia this week. 1 2-5-0



They discover new methods to lose video games each week. On Sunday, they misplaced by scoring a landing. Take into consideration that. 1 1-6-0



They arrive off their bye seemingly in a look-to-the-future mode after buying and selling Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens. The protection additionally will not have go rusher Danielle Hunter the remainder of the best way, which suggests plenty of high-scoring video games. 1 1-5-0



Joe Burrow has been excellent, however he throws it method an excessive amount of and takes too many photographs. They’ve to guard him higher. 1 1-5-1



They’ve one victory this season and the protection is woeful. It is time to begin enthusiastic about their subsequent coach. Will they unload gamers earlier than the commerce deadline, and may they? 1 1-6-0



They competed in opposition to the Eagles, however you get the concept Joe Decide is not eager on ethical victories. But they’re nonetheless within the race with the Bucs coming to city.

They competed in opposition to the Eagles, however you get the concept Joe Decide is not eager on ethical victories. But they’re nonetheless within the race with the Bucs coming to city.

1 1-6-0



How for much longer can they go together with Gardner Minshew? He simply is not enjoying nicely and they’re on their bye this week, so it would make sense to make the change. 1 1-6-0



A minimum of it appeared higher in opposition to the Payments. That is progress. That is all they’ll hope for now. 0-7-0


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