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Steelers Ravens Betting – Ravens Gain Edge In AFC North Race Over Steelers

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/29/2010 6:17:47 PM

Sports betting players are in for a hard-hitting affair on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Steelers head to Baltimore in a game that will shake up the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens have had problems with Pittsburgh’s quarterback in recent meetings, but his Baltimore counterpart will steal the show this week.

  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Sunday, December 5th, 8:20 PM ET
  • Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
  • Pick: Baltimore Ravens -3

What’s On The Line

The Steelers (8-3) were very fortunate to come away with a 19-16 win in overtime against the Buffalo Bills, as the Bills dropped a surefire touchdown that would have ended the game. The Ravens (8-3) remained unbeaten at home with a 17-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, setting up a massive clash for AFC North supremacy. The Steelers fell 17-14 at home to Baltimore back in Week 4, and another victory for the Ravens would put them in pole position for the division lead.

Offensive Matchups: Steelers Ravens Betting

Pittsburgh put up 426 yards, holding the ball for over 45 minutes, but they really should have been able to put this game away. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 246 yards, but the star of the show was Rashard Mendenhall, who ran for 151 yards and a score. But the Steelers made a bunch of mistakes, taking five holding penalties, and Mendenhall had a fumble on the day. The offense has obviously gotten better with Roethlisberger in the lineup, but they’re probably better off with making Mendenhall the focal point of the offense, which will likely never happen.

Joe Flacco isn’t going to put up massive numbers, but when it comes to solid quarterbacks, you won’t find many that are more solid. Flacco passed for 289 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and he makes up for a running game that hasn’t really gotten off the ground yet. The Ravens are 14th in the league in terms of rushing yards, but they’re also 27th in terms of yards per carry, and they’re just grinding it out on the ground.

Betting Edge: Draw

Defensive Matchups: Steelers Ravens Betting

The Steelers forced a couple of turnovers, and true to form, they made the big plays when they needed to, although they got some help from Buffalo receivers who can’t catch (we’re looking at you, Stevie Johnson). They did lose cornerback Bryant McFadden to a hamstring injury during the game, which hurt the pass coverage, but they still managed to get a pick from Troy Polamalu at the one-yard line late in the game. They’re not the defense that they once were, but name another defense you would take with two minutes left against the best offense in the league.

The only other team that we would put with Pittsburgh is Baltimore, and that’s no disrespect to the New York Jets, but they’re not up there with the Steelers and Ravens yet. They held the Bucs to 263 yards, and they did a great job of covering the Josh Freeman-to-Mike Williams combination that has been improving for Tampa Bay each week. Baltimore is three spots lower than Pittsburgh in the defensive rankings, coming in eighth, but like the Steelers, you just know they’re going to make a big play when the time comes, and it’s not often that they leave you hanging.

Betting Edge: Draw

Notable Injuries: Steelers Ravens Betting

McFadden (hamstring) will have to be watched this week, but that seems to be the only major concern for the Steelers this week.

Safety Dawan Landry (concussion) left the Tampa Bay game, while fellow safety Tom Zbikowski (foot) and tight end Ed Dickson (thigh) didn’t suit up for Baltimore, which hurts their depth at both positions.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Outlook and Pick: Steelers Ravens Betting

NFL betting odds will likely favor the Ravens at home, where they are unbeaten, but they have to figure out how to get past Roethlisberger, who has beaten the Ravens in his last five meetings with them. Overall, the Ravens are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five meetings at home with Pittsburgh, but even though the Ravens are 5-0 SU at home this season, the Steelers are 5-1 SU on the road. We’re going to bet on this being a low-scoring affair as both rank in the top five in terms of points allowed, but watch out for the posted total as it could be outlandishly low. We’re taking Baltimore to finally break out of their Roethlisberger jinx at home, as Flacco has won his last eight games at home, and we trust him more than Roethlisberger at this point in the season, although we’d likely change that if this was a playoff game. The last three meetings have been decided by a field goal, and this will probably be much of the same. Take Baltimore in your online betting picks.

Stan’s Pick: Baltimore Ravens



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