While I don’t believe that there is any such thing as a lock in the NFL, there are some games that are a little easier to predict than others. Among the toughest to handicap are divisional games, where the teams involved know each other so well and often cancel one another out. This is especially true in the AFC North, which historically delivers tough, gritty matchups that are low in scoring and high in the hit count. We will get to see one of the toughest of those matchups this weekend, with the Baltimore Ravens hitting the road to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that is arguably their biggest rival. The Ravens are looking to win the North, but the Steelers would love nothing more than to derail that run. The Steelers are in as a 2-point home favorite, with the O/U set at 36 ½. It’s time to look at both teams and how they arrive to this Ravens vs Steelers matchup so you can bet against their NFL Odds.
NFL Week 14 Betting Preview for Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh
Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Odds and Match Info
- When: Sunday, Dec 11 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are currently tied with the Bengals at the top of the AFC North Division, sitting at a respectable 8-4. Despite that record, and being #3 in the AFC seedings, you do have to say that this is a team that has not been entirely convincing, as they have had to routinely grind out wins to get there. This is a team that has won 5 of their last 6 games to hold off a suddenly surging Bengals squad, but the Ravens have had their struggles when traveling to Pittsburgh, winning just 1 of their last 5 away to the Steelers. That said, they have routinely covered the spread in those road trips, going 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 visits to the Steel City. They are also 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. In terms of the point total, the UNDER has hit in 7 of their last 9 games.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers
This was always going to be something of a transition year for the Steelers, as they are in the process of moving on from the Big Ben era and trying to deal with some cap issues. The results have been pretty much as expected, with Pittsburgh coming into this weekend with a 5-7 record. During his time as the Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season, but he has some work to do to maintain that streak. On a positive note, the Steelers have looked better in recent weeks, with rookie QB Kenny Pickett getting more and more comfortable in the starting role. Pittsburgh has now won 3 of their last 4, including 2 in a row, but they are 1-6 SU in their last 7 conference games. They have, though, covered the spread in 4 of their last 6 versus the AFC North, with the UNDER hitting in 7 of their last 9 home games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect this to be a close one, as it always seems to be when these guys meet up. I do think that we will see the Ravens come away with the road win in what should be a bit of a defensive struggle. I do believe we will see the total creep OVER.
NFL Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 17