May 22, 2024

The Steelers have the weekend off but there’s still plenty of compelling December Football on the schedule.

Los Angeles has won three straight games and scored 36-plus points in each of its last two games on the way back to .500. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has seven touchdown passes in his last two games. Running back Kyren Williams has 474 yards from scrimmage and four scrimmage touchdowns over his last three games.

Baltimore’s remaining schedule is the toughest in the NFL (opponents have a combined record of 39-21 for a collective winning percentage of .650). The Ravens are coming off of their bye having won six of their last seven (tied with the Cowboys for the NFL’s best record since Week 6). Baltimore is 6-0 against teams .500 or worse. The Ravens have trailed in games for a combined 45:23 this season (the least amount of time playing from behind in the NFL).

Indianapolis has won four straight. Quarterback Gardner Minshew has gone 5-3 in eight starts. The Colts’ defense has allowed 16.8 points and 323.5 yards per games during the current four-game winning streak. In the three games prior to the streak Indianapolis allowed 38.0 points and 353.3 yards per game and went 0-3. The Colts have scored 20-plus points in 11 of 12 games, which ties Detroit for the most such efforts in the NFL.

Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase has averaged 115 yards receiving in the two games Jake Browning has started at quarterback (up from 83.3 receiving yards per game in the 10 games Joe Burrow started at quarterback). Running back Joe Mixon has gone a career-long 17 straight games without rushing for 100 yards. The Bengals are one game behind each of the three teams currently in wild card position in the AFC and play all three down the stretch (the Colts, the Steelers on Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh and the Browns on the regular season’s final weekend).

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