Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: Preview and Pick
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The holiday season is a time for friends and family to get together and celebrate and love one another. Don’t expect any of that when these two teams take the field on Thanksgiving night. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens have one of the fiercest rivalries in all of football. They always play a physical brand of football and this time around there is plenty on the line in this game. Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and will leave it all on the field when they meet this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game opened with the Ravens listed as (-3) favorites. Since it is such an intense rivalry, the early betting trend is nearly split as 54 percent of the action is on the home team. The point spread has slightly moved and it can now be found at (-2.5) leading up to kickoff at several of the top rated online sportsbook.
The Steelers started off slow, but they are no on a winning streak. They have now become contenders for a playoff spot along with their bitter rivals, the Ravens. Joe Flacco was 14-of-18 for 249 yards and a touchdown against four or fewer pass rushers on Sunday. Flacco entered Sunday with a -4 TD-Int differential against standard pressure, tied for fourth worst in the league. Flacco completed 2-of-3 passes deeper than 30 yards downfield for 126 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, including a 66-yard touchdown to Jacoby Jones. Flacco was 4-of-17 with an interception on those throws this season. Both of these teams are playing great football heading into what could be the best game for Thanksgiving day!
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some betting angles that are worth watching for this big game. Pittsburgh is 3-7 straight up in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Baltimore and the total has gone over in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against Baltimore. From a betting standpoint Baltimore is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh and Baltimore is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh. Baltimore is 22-3 straight up in its last 25 games at home, while Pittsburgh is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games on the road.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.