Let's get straight to the point: I don't expect the Steelers to win this game.
In fact, it's likely that nobody does.
But that doesn't mean it's not important in some way.
The Steelers outplayed the Ravens a couple of weeks ago at home, but lost, 13-10, when they allowed a punt return for a touchdown.
The Byron Leftwich-led offense could only muster 10 points.
Charlie Batch will make his second start this week after Leftwich suffered fractured ribs early in that loss, but played through the injury.
Since I fully expect that this will be the first of three meetings between the Steelers and Ravens, Pittsburgh has to send a message in this one.
Sure, Joe Flacco plays better at home - the Ravens average 36 points per game at home, 16 on the road (how's that for a home-road difference) - which is why they won't be going to the Super Bowl.
So what the Steelers need to show in this one is that they can hold Baltimore's much-better home offense in check and not allow another big play - like Jacoby Jones' 63-yard punt return for a score - in this one.
Troy Polamalu and Antonio Brown are back this week, which should help. And the Steelers will get Ben Roethlisberger back next week. At least that is the plan at this point.
Baltimore is now an 8-point favorite to win this one and I expect that the Ravens will cover that spread, but it won't be easy.
Take Baltimore, 24-14.