In AFC South divisional play the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Baltimore is scheduled for 4:25PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The betting odds opened up in this NFL game with the home team Baltimore Ravens favored by -6 ½ points with an over under line of 40 points. Early money has shown on the side of the home team as Baltimore is now favored by -7 points. The total has moved up a ½ point to a current line of 40 points.
The teams went head to head on November 18th with the Baltimore Ravens earning the 13-10 road win at the Pittsburgh Steelers as a -3 point betting favorite. The total landed under 40 ½ points. NFL Trend: Baltimore Ravens are 3-0-1 ATS in their past four games.
Pittsburgh has lost two straight games to fall to 6-5 on the season. They come off a bad 20-14 road defeat last week to the Cleveland Browns as a -1 point betting favorite. The total landed over 33 points. The Steelers offense produced just 242 yards with 49 running the football on 20 carries. The team gave away the game with eight turnovers and took one away from Cleveland. Charlie Batch hit on 20 of 34 passes for 199 yards with three interceptions. Pittsburgh allowed Cleveland 238 offensive yards with 108 running the football on 34 carries. Roethlisberger is out again this week with his shoulder problem. Safety Troy Polamalu is expected back this week as is wide out Antonio Brown. In the playoff picture the Steelers are tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the sixth seed in the AFC north division with five games remaining. A loss today eliminates them from the AFC north divisional title because they will be behind by four games with four to play to Baltimore and the Ravens would have won the tiebreaker. Steelers are the #1 defense in the NFL allowing 257 yards a game.
The Ravens have won four straight and is 9-2 on the season. They come off the 16-13 overtime road win last week at the San Diego Chargers as a -1 point betting favorite. The total went under 47 points. Baltimore was facing defeat late in the game and converts a 4th and 29 to extend the drive and kick the game tying field goal to send them into overtime. The team put up 444 yards with 127 coming from their ground attack on 35 rushes. Joe Flacco hit on 30 of 51 passes for 355 yards with a touchdown. Flacco has 14 touchdowns and seven picks on the season. The Ravens allowed the San Diego Chargers to put up 280 offensive yards with 91 coming from their ground game on 23 attempts. The Ravens are getting away with subpar defensive numbers as they rank 26th against the run and 23rd against the pass this season. With Batch under center the Steelers may not be able to exploit this weakness. Baltimore is one game behind the Houston Texans for the top seed in the AFC conference with five games remaining to be played.