The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) and the Baltimore Ravens (10-5) square off for a new years battle on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers will look to keep their playoff hopes alive after a thrilling victory over the Las Vegas Raiders 13-10. Meanwhile, the Ravens continue to play solid football despite being without Lamar Jackson, taking down the Falcons 17-9 in their last matchup. Which AFC North team will come out on top in this one? Which AFC North team will emerge victorious? Let’s take a look at where these two teams stand for your NFL bets.
Steelers vs. Ravens Game Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Steelers Playoff Hopes Still Alive
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a stretch during the season when they were 2-6 heading into their bye week, and in the running for a top-five NFL draft pick. Since then, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers have appeared to have made progress in a number of areas, with the Steelers going 5-2 in their last seven games. That has kept them in the running for a spot in the AFC playoffs.
One of the biggest keys to their success thus far has been the adjustments they have made on defense, while also getting healthier and welcoming back defensive stud T.J. Watt. Over their last five games, Pittsburgh has held opponents to 15 points. In their win over the Raiders, the defense recorded three sacks and picked off Derek Carr three times.
On the offensive side of the ball, Kenny Pickett looks more and more comfortable as the weeks have gone on. The offensive line has done a tremendous job of keeping the pocket clean, and Pickett has turned the ball over just once over his last six games. This has kept the Steelers competitive in games, as they have covered the spread in four of their last five matchups.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview: Ravens Rolling Despite Injury to Lamar Jackson
Even though the Ravens are headed to the playoffs, it’s unclear if Lamar Jackson will participate because he has missed two consecutive weeks of practice. Nevertheless, despite Jackson’s knee injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 13, the Ravens have managed just fine without their starting quarterback, going 3-1 in that time. Baltimore has been able to do that by playing strong defense and efficiently running the football.
An NFL record 12 games by the Ravens’ offense have had at least 150 rushing yards. Baltimore and Chicago have each had seven games with 175 or more rushing yards, which is the most in the NFL. Meanwhile, their defense has continued to provide chances for the offense to win games as they are surrendering only 18.1 points per game.
Overall, the Ravens are just 2-4 ATS in their last six games. While Baltimore has struggled against the spread, they have been a great under team, with 11 of their 15 games going under the total, while the under has hit in six of their last seven contests.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds and Lines
According to MyBookie, the Baltimore Ravens enter this matchup as 2.5-point favorites (-110) in their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In terms of the moneyline, the Ravens are -140 favorites to win at home, while the Steelers have NFL odds of +120 as road underdogs. When it comes to the total, the Over/Under is listed at 35 (-110) on MyBookie.
Free Betting Pick
Just a few weeks earlier, the Ravens defeated the Steelers by a final score of 16–14, however, the Steelers outperformed Baltimore by averaging more than a yard better (6.2) per play than Baltimore. While the Ravens have already secured a position in the AFC playoffs, the Steelers’ playoff hopes are still alive. Bet on Mike Tomlin to keep this game close since the Steelers have more at stake. Back the Steelers to cover and potentially win outright in this spot.
- Mybookie Free Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 (-110)