Steelers get key return for Week 14 ahead of home stretch

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell. (Syndication: The Tennessean)
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell. (Syndication: The Tennessean) /

The Steelers activated a key weapon ahead of the Week 14 clash against the Ravens with kicker Chris Boswell back from injury.

After six weeks out with a groin injury, Chris Boswell is finally good to go for the Steelers. And his timing couldn’t be more perfect.

The kicker hasn’t played since late October against the Dolphins. He made it off injured reserve earlier this week and the Steelers gave word on Saturday that he would be active for Sunday’s game.

With Boswell activated, the team released stand-in kicker Matthew Wright, per Adam Schefter. 

Kicker Chris Boswell returns just in time for the Steelers to face the Ravens

The Ravens won’t have fond memories of Boswell the way Pittsburgh fans do. The last time he faced Baltimore, Boswell kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give the Steelers a victory. He hit two other kicks in that game.

In the meeting before that one, Boswell hit two field goals in a one-point Steelers victory. In fact, he has made 22 of the 23 field goals he has attempted against Baltimore. Getting him back in time for this game is fortuitous timing for sure.

Pittsburgh’s postseason hopes haven’t completely died yet. While they looked dead in the water, three wins in their last four games have opened the door for the playoffs just a crack. A win over the Ravens on Sunday would widen that opening greatly.

The Steelers have had Baltimore’s number recently. They hold a four-game winning streak over their AFC North rival. Their last loss to the Ravens was in 2019.

It’ll help that Lamar Jackson doesn’t look likely to play because of injury. It’ll be Tyler Huntley behind center for Baltimore. Boswell will have to be ready to put points on the board whenever the opportunity presents itself. His foot helped Pittsburgh get an unlikely playoff berth last year. We’ll see if he can do it again.

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