Baltimore Ravens Vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Pittsburgh got their first victory of the season a week ago, while Baltimore is coming off an impressive week themselves, handing Denver their first loss.
Baltimore finally got some balance going in their offense last week, and it made a huge difference. While running back Alex Collins wasn’t particularly effective (3.8 ypc), his 18 carries were more than his previous two outputs combined. The Ravens should look to implement the same formula this week, which will keep Pittsburgh safeties in the box allowing John Brown, who has been a revelation this season, to stretch the field. Pittsburgh’s secondary has been a huge liability this year. Cornerback Artie Burns has been burned on multiple occasions, and the secondary as a whole is coming off a game where they surrendered 400 yards passing to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Things got a little murky towards the end Monday night, but Pittsburgh prevailed on their way to their first victory of the season. While Antonio Brown gets all the hype, and rightfully so, second-year man JuJu Smith-Schuster has been incredible. JuJu has now scored a TD, or eclipsed 100 yards receiving, in 7 straight games dating back to last year. The loss of Jimmy Smith to suspension (1 more game remaining) has been evident for the Ravens secondary this year, and they will face their toughest task yet this week.
Pittsburgh seemed to get their “JuJu” back last week, and while this game will be hard-fought, like it always is, Pittsburgh’s skill players should put them over the top.
Score prediction: Steelers win 27-24
Baltimore’s defense had a terrible week 2, but still ranks 1st in yards surrendered league-wide. Pittsburgh’s offense is good enough to win any game, but at this point their secondary can lose them any game as well. The Steelers have struggled with speed vertically down the field, and that’s exactly what John Brown excels in. Flacco, who has been better than many may believe thus far this season, should keep pace with Big Ben. This rivalry matchup should come down to the wire.
I currently have this as a push, but there’s a high likelihood that Pittsburgh’s offense gets hot at the end of the game, as the Big Ben led unit does so often. Also, for a team not known for their offensive prowess, Baltimore currently ranks 5th in the league in ppg.
Head to Head
Baltimore holds the slight edge over the last 10 games, with two more victories, yet Pittsburgh has dominated over the last 3 meetings. The Steelers have gone 3-0 over that span, edging out the Ravens in every statistical category.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
- BAL is 6-14 SU in the last 20 games when playing PIT on the road.
- BAL is 4-11 SU in its last 15 road games.
- Both teams rank in the top 7 in ppg.
- PIT WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ranks 3rd in receiving yards, and 4th in receptions in the NFL.
- BAL WR John Brown ranks 6th in ypc with an 18.5 average out of wide receivers with at least 10 receptions.
- BAL has only forfeited 819 yards this season, good for first in the NFL.