Date/Time: December 2, 4:23 pm EST
NFL Odds from Bookmaker
Point Spread: Ravens -8
NFL Betting Game Trends
- Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- Pittsburgh is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Baltimore
- Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore
- Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games on the road
- Baltimore is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
- Baltimore is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
- Baltimore is 3-5-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
NFL Pick – Week 13
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens always have hard hitting contests against each other. Big Ben has typically owned this series, but for the second straight time the Steelers won’t have Ben Roethlisberger’s services when they take on the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco and the Ravens have a nice cushion in the difficult AFC North, and this is a great opportunity for them to put even more room between them and their competition. Can they take advantage of this opportunity?
The Pittsburgh Steelers had hoped Big Ben would be ready for this one, but his injury is a tough one to heal from. They will have Charlie Batch starting under center again in this one. Batch threw three interceptions in the Steelers 20-14 loss at Cleveland last week. To say that Pittsburgh’s offense takes a step backward without Roethlisberger is a major understatement. Antonio Brown is expected back in the lineup this week, so that might help a little bit. The Steelers running game has to get going and take some pressure off Batch in this one.
Pittsburgh’s defense has been doing its job this year. The Steelers rank first in the NFL in total defense. They are also first in the league in pass defense. Opponents are throwing for only 166 yards per game against the Steelers. Troy Polamalu is listed as questionable for this game, but he has been practicing and will probably play on Sunday. Needless to say, this defense really needs him against the Ravens this weekend.
Baltimore’s statistics wouldn’t make you think the team is 9-2. The Ravens are 16th in the NFL in total offense and 24th in the league in total defense. What has made the team have so much success? Baltimore is plus 12 in turnover margin so far this year, which is second best in the AFC (behind only the Patriots). Joe Flacco’s numbers are better than a year ago, but they still aren’t as good as they were two years ago. He has thrown 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions this season. Ray Rice isn’t having quite as big of a season as he did last year, but he is still one of the best running backs in the NFL.
The Ravens defense has been one of the best in the NFL for many years. They are giving up more yards this year, but opponents are still only scoring 19.9 points per game against this team. Ray Lewis was expected to be out for the season, but his recovery is coming along better than expected. He is rumored to be coming back on December 16. With Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs, the Ravens still have two of the best up front. Ed Reed has slowed down a bit, but he is still a very good safety.
The Ravens have a huge advantage without Roethlisberger playing, but eight points is a ton to lay against a very good Pittsburgh team. I’ll take the over in this one, just because I think there will be some turnovers that lead to points.
Ravens 24 Steelers 17
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