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Steelers vs Ravens Betting Odds - Injuries, losses piling up for Steelers

Posted by D.J. Tomkins on 11/23/2009 3:40:55 PM
NFL bettingThe Steelers vs Ravens betting odds is an interesting AFC North matchup between two teams that could both be outside the playoffs if they keep it up. Online betting fans saw the Steelers lose outright to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, while the Ravens stumbled with the Indianapolis Colts in town. The Steelers could be without their top two quarterbacks this weekend, and if that’s the case, you have to give the Ravens a clear edge.

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds: NO LINE
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, November 22nd – 1:00 PM ET
WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
KEY STAT: Under is 4-1 in last five Ravens games
PICK: Ravens

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Two weeks ago, the Steelers had a chance to take over the top spot in the AFC North, but then they lost at home, then lost at Kansas City, and now they’re the last team in the playoffs in the AFC. They may also be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a concussion, and backup Charlie Batch, who injured his wrist. This is a tough spot for the Steelers, who are also without safety Troy Polamalu.

For Baltimore, they can’t seem to piece together a winning streak as they have alternated wins and losses over their last four games. Sportsbook odds makers should have them favored in this contest because of the growing list of Steelers injuries, and the Ravens need this game if they are to make the playoffs.

Betting Edge: Even

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Steelers offense is typically very versatile and very good, but things could change this weekend depending on the health of Big Ben. Even if Roethlisberger plays, expect a conservative approach since he may not be 100%. Also, expect lots of carries from Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker, and considering how soft the Ravens defense has become, the Steelers should see some daylight.

For Baltimore, their offense has hit a wall. They scored 103 points in their first four games but have scored just 134 in their last seven (and only 48 over their last three). The Steelers are tough to run on, so the Ravens will have to exploit the Steelers secondary, which has been vulnerable without Polamalu’s patrol.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
As mentioned, Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu will not play in this contest, which leaves the Steelers a little thin. Beyond that, the Steelers are also without end Aaron Smith, and potentially Travis Kirschke. The injuries are starting to mount, but the bigger concern is the Steelers’ inability to hold leads. They blew one last week in Kansas City and NFL betting fans know that without Polamalu in the lineup, this has been a problem.

For Baltimore, their defense did a good job of holding the Indianapolis Colts to just 17 points, but their task should be easier this week. If they can slow down the Steelers rush offense, the Ravens will be in good shape. Their defense – particularly their run defense – isn’t what it used to be, but this team can still stifle opponents when they are at home.

Betting Edge: Even

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The injury list continues to grow for the Steelers, and while they’ve overcome many throughout the year, a game without Big Ben probably means a game lost. The Steelers will also be without backup Charlie Batch, who is out for at least a month after injuring his wrist. On defense, the Steelers are without two starters – Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu – and potentially three if Travis Kirschke isn’t able to go for a third straight game.

For Baltimore, they will likely be without linebacker Terrell Suggs for a second straight week.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Steelers vs Ravens betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Steelers are too banged-up right now to trust them, and considering that this team won the Super Bowl last year, they may be hitting the wall a little bit. Baltimore isn’t a Super Bowl contender, but they’re still one of the better teams in the AFC. They won’t give their division rivals any pity and they’ll repay them for the losses they took last year.

D.J.’S PICK: Ravens

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