The end of the NFL season is upon us, and we will see the last of the loose ends tied up this weekend. There are just 2 available playoff spots, one in either conference, up for grabs, but there is also the final seedings and a couple of division titles to be settled before all is said and done on Sunday night. As is always the case at this late stage of the season, we are going to see tiebreakers come into effect in order to close out all the open-ended questions. The AFC North title is firmly in the grasp of the Cincinnati Bengals, but this game is still huge, as the winner has a shot at getting the final playoff spot in the AFC. It is the Ravens who are in as a 5-point favorite, with the point total set at 41 ½. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive at this Steelers vs Ravens matchup so you can place your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Analysis for Steelers vs Ravens
How to Bet On Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens & TV Info
- When: Sunday, January 9 at 1 PM EST
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers
This is the second straight week that the Steelers will be playing in what is essentially an elimination game. They crossed the first hurdle last weekend with an emotional win over the Cleveland Browns at home, but a road trip to Baltimore seems like a much tougher task. It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the win last weekend ensured that coach Mike Tomlin will maintain his streak of never having a losing season. This is not a place where the Steelers have had a lot of success, as they have just 1 win in their last 6 visits to Baltimore. That said, they are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games versus Baltimore, including a win earlier this season. The Steelers have covered the spread in 6 of their last 8 conference games. The UNDER has hit in 5 of the last 7 games played between these two in Baltimore.
Why bet on the Baltimore Ravens
Prior to the start of the season, a lot of people had the Baltimore Ravens as one of the favorites to win the AFC North and potentially make the Super Bowl. They started out like a team on that path, but the wheels have come off pretty hard of late, with the Ravens coming into this one having lost each of their last 5 games, including a loss to the Steelers. While Baltimore has slipped to 8-8 on the season, they do have a winning record at home, going 5-3 SU in their own building. While they have been losing, the Ravens have been keeping games close and have gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. They are also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 at home. The UNDER has hit in the last 7 games that the Ravens have played in the month of January.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two always seem to play things close when they meet up, so I expect this one to be more of the same. I think that the Steelers might edge this one, but the wager that I really like is the UNDER.
NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers 20 Baltimore Ravens 17