NFL Betting Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at Baltimore Ravens (9-4)
Sunday, 4:15PM Eastern
Written By: Jay Horne
SBG Global Betting Line – Ravens -2, Total 34.5
The AFC North Division will likely be decided this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens are one game behind the Steelers in the division and a win would put them back in the division race, however the Steelers just need a win over the Ravens to clinch the division. The early betting public is favoring Pittsburgh ATS according to SBG Global Sports.
Pittsburgh has the 2nd best record in the AFC at a mark of 10-3 fresh off an impressive comeback win last week in the 4th quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers defense remains the best in the NFL ranking 1st in every major defensive category. The Steelers offense has been subject to struggling, but when Ben Roethlisberger gets rolling they can be very dangerous. However, they will be battling with the 2nd rated defense in the NFL that is the Baltimore Ravens. Will the Pittsburgh offense continue to struggle or will they be able to keep their impressive season going and clinch the AFC North.
Baltimore enters the game as the slight favorite over the Steelers. The Ravens have won 7 of their past 8 games and are playing very well late in the season. Rookie QB Joe Flacco has had a tremendous first season with the Ravens. After a slow start, the rookie has only thrown 3 interceptions in his last 8 games while finding the end zone 12 times. The Baltimore rushing attack ranks 4th in the NFL with a trio of talented young tailbacks, but they will have a tough time running against the Steelers defense. This game has all the makings to be a big defensive battle and so do the betting lines holding the over/under for the game at only 34.
Betting stats heading into this week’s game show that Baltimore is 7-1 ATS in their past 8 match-ups. Baltimore has also played extremely well at home in M&T Bank Stadium. Pittsburgh has also faired well in their last few contest going 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games. The Steelers also own a 4-1 ATS road record in their previous 5 contests.
SBG Global Current Line- Ravens -2, Total 34.5
The over/under betting line is staggering low heading into the grudge match for the division championship. Both teams’ tendencies to have low scoring games have the betting lines extremely low on the over/under. Despite the strong Baltimore defense, the Ravens have gone on the over total in 6 of their past 8 games. Pittsburgh on the other hand has not really favored one total from the other as they have nearly split this season going 7 for 13 on the over total.
This game has huge implications for both teams. Despite Baltimore’s strong record, a loss would set them back to the 9-5 mark for the season and make the wildcard playoff race even tighter. Pittsburgh would not only rap up the AFC North, but a win over the Ravens would guarantee them a first round bye in the playoffs. Outside of the Tennessee Titans, these are the two best teams in the NFL that play similar style football. The team that comes out of this game on top will likely be in really great shape to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Pick – Baltimore 3 of 5 units
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