While the NFL has mostly deserted their usual Sunday spot this year because of Christmas, there are still two games on the schedule with massive playoff implications. The first game, scheduled for 4:30 PM ET, pits AFC North rivals against one another as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens face-off, with the divisional title on the line.

Offensive imbalance in Baltimore

The Ravens have been one of the streakiest teams in the NFL, keeping their playoff hopes alive into the Christmas season to the surprise of many. They're facing a Steelers squad that seems to have more offensive firepower than Baltimore does, but Baltimore does have one of the top ten defenses in the league this season.

What they don't have is balance on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens have struggled to run the ball all year with an inconsistent unit of backs, ranking in the bottom five in rushing yards in the NFL. Those yards may be even harder to come by against the Steelers, whose rush defense ranks in the top five. Taking pressure off quarterback Joe Flacco by finding a running game would be a Christmas miracle for Baltimore.

Pittsburgh finding a groove

Meanwhile, the Steelers have something this Christmas the Ravens don't -- momentum. After finding themselves at 4-5, Pittsburgh has racked up five straight victories. While they haven't always looked like the most impressive team, the NFL is all about getting hot at the right time; with a home date against Baltimore and a game against the awful Cleveland Browns, they could enter the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak.

The biggest reason for the recent surge has been the MVP-caliber play of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. In December alone, Bell has averaged five yards a carry. The team wins when he plays well, as he averages 1.6 yards more in victories than defeats. Expect him to run rampant on the Ravens defense and help Pittsburgh clinch the division as a Christmas gift to their fans.

Christmas Prediction: Steelers 28, Ravens 17

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