The Steelers finally got their first win in Week 4, but the road to win number two will be much harder.
On Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Bengals for their first victory of the year. This week, the Baltimore Ravens come to town, hoping to rebound from a brutal division loss to the Browns.
Pittsburgh’s defense looks good this year, and against the Bengals they were spectacular. Eight sacks rattled Andy Dalton as he was limited to 171 yards in the air, and the offense gained only a paltry 4 yards on the ground. Young stars like Devin Bush, T.J. Watt, and Minkah Fitzpatrick are setting up the core of a defense that could dominate for years to come.
Even in a convincing victory, the Pittsburgh offense was still just fine. While Mason Rudolph only threw four incompletions, he only produced 229 yards passing. Rudolph’s completions are often short and sloppy, and it’s hard to see him as Big Ben’s long-term successor right now.
It’s difficult to tell where the Steelers will go from here. It’s equally challenging to evaluate the Ravens.
After a stellar start, Baltimore is on a two game skid. But, even in those losses, the rushing game has clicked and Lamar Jackson is obviously improved over last year. Mark Ingram has been rejuvenated behind the Ravens O-line and Baltimore’s young receivers continue to show promise.
While the Ravens offense is more productive than last year, the defense has taken a step back. The secondary has been soft outside of Marlon Humphrey and the run defense has gotten run over the last two weeks.
Even if Baltimore’s offense looks good, they aren’t always effective in passing situations. Against good teams, poor passing and a weak secondary is a terrible combination.
It remains to be seen if Pittsburgh can become a good team. One good week against the Bengals isn’t enough to wash away the dismal start to the season and Mason Rudolph’s inexperience.
The Ravens have the advantage here, but both of these teams could stand to improve in a wide open AFC North.
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
- When: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1pm ET
- Where: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Steelers vs. Ravens on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Steelers vs. Ravens live stream: How to watch NFL online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26 Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround…
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream the Browns vs. Ravens, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings with ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials to watch the Browns vs. Ravens.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
James Conner, Running Back: Even when QB Mason Rudolph is inconsistent, Conner tends to get yards on the ground and through the air. Look for Baltimore’s soft run defense to make him look like a star.
Mark Ingram II, Running Back: While we have loved Marquise Brown all season, we have our doubts about Baltimore’s pass catchers against this secondary, especially if Lamar Jackson gets consistent pressure. The Bengals couldn’t run against the Steelers, but other teams have had no problem gaining yards on the ground. Look to the Baltimore run game here.
Steelers vs. Ravens: Why it matters
There is no clear leader in the AFC North. The Browns, led by an up-and-down Baker Mayfield, currently sit at the top of the division. In other words, it’s a division open for the taking.
While the Ravens are probably the most consistent team in the AFC North, the Browns and Steelers can hang with them on a good week. This likely won’t be one of the strongest divisions in football, but it could be one of the most exciting.
Any division game has playoff implications. This one definitely has the potential to come back to haunt the Ravens if they let it slip away.
If the Ravens take care of business, however, the loss to the Browns could quickly become a distant memory.
Look for the Ravens to win here, but it might not be as easy as we might have thought a week or two ago.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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