START: RB Gus Edwards
If you read the previous slide you already know why you should bet on Hill today against the Steelers. If you didn't, well, here's a quick recap:
Despite the Ravens declaring Hill ready to play, there are lingering concerns about his fitness and fluky production. His season-long stats showcase impressive productivity (83 yards and 2 TDs from 22 rushes) but he's done the bulk of that in a few touches and he's not a classic goal-line rusher. Also: he just picked up a hammy.
Edwards has been relatively healthy through the first four weeks of play and he didn't appear in the injury report this week. He suffered a concussion in Week 3 but he was good to go in time for Week 4 getting 15 carries and rushing for 48 yards (he added one yard on two receptions).
With J.K. Dobbins out for the season, Edwards is the Ravens RB1 and his usage has increased weekly going from eight to 10, 11, and ultimately 15 carries to go with three targets last weekend.
The Steelers have one of the worst defenses against the rush and this is a game that Baltimore is expected to lead and not want to get into any trouble with, thus wasting as much time and running the clock as much as possible.
Lamar Jackson has led the Ravens backfield in carries/scrambles as well as yards and touchdowns, but it just feels weird that Edwards has spent four weeks without getting more than one touch inside the red zone considering his skill set as a power rusher.
The Steelers are giving up 148.5 rushing yards per game even though they have only allowed two rushing touchdowns. With Lamar taking most eyes off Edwards, there is a chance the running back has his best game of the season today.