Ravens-Steelers Week 17 Game Flexed to 4:25

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Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda (73) spikes the football as he celebrates with teammates after running back Mark Ingram (21) scored against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ]first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Ravens won't have any playoff implications on the line in Week 17. The Steelers will be fighting for their playoff lives.

Thus, Ravens-Steelers next Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium has been flexed to 4:25 p.m. The AFC North rivalry will be one of the nations' featured games.

The Steelers likely need a win to get the AFC's final playoff spot. They are currently tied with the Tennessee Titans at 8-7 and the Oakland Raiders (7-8) are still in it as well.

Now will Baltimore make the path a bit easier for their rivals?

Baltimore could rest some of its top starters after securing the AFC's No. 1 seed with Sunday's 31-15 win in Cleveland.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens' haven't made a decision yet on whether Lamar Jackson – the league's soon-to-be MVP – will suit up.

Harbaugh said he'll sit down with the team's leadership council (several players), Monday to discuss it. He said the team will be forthright in how it plans to handle it, meaning an announcement could come at Harbaugh's 2:30 p.m. press conference tomorrow.

"I'm going to be really interested in what the players think about that, and the coaches," Harbaugh said. "The thing I want to emphasize is that no matter what we do, the emphasis is going to be on winning the football game. We want to win the football game. We want that 14th win. There's no doubt about that."

The Ravens would presumably rest any key player with an injury. Running back Mark Ingram (calf) and cornerback Marcus Peters (chest) both left Sunday's game.

Jackson made it clear which way he stands.

"I want to play. No doubt," Jackson said. "But it's Coach's decision. It's up to Coach."

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