Sunday Night Football Betting – Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Baltimore Ravens looked lost for a little while, but now they appear to be finding their stride as they try to put a stranglehold on a playoff spot in the AFC. But they will face a little more of a challenge on both sides of the ball than they been used to lately on Sunday, as they face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NBC-televised game that goes off at 8:30 PM ET at Heinz Field. If you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers in real time using the mechanism provided through Live Betting Ultra.
Baltimore has pitched three shutouts this season, and this gives you an idea of how dominant the defense can be at times. They have picked off 20 passes and that is a big part of their +14 turnover ratio. Opponents have not gotten far on the ground either, as they have allowed 3.9 yards per carry. So this spells out some trouble for this Pittsburgh team, which has won seven straight games but has escaped the last two weeks against the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers have a three-game lead in the AFC North, with a record of 10-2, and they are thinking about home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The game they have on tap next week against the New England Patriots might go a long way toward determining that, so there is the danger of the classic “look-ahead” situation. Of course, the dilemma is that they don’t beat Baltimore, that will weaken their position as far as the home field is concerned.
In the Sunday night football betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Pittsburgh is the favorite at home:
Pittsburgh Steelers -5
Baltimore Ravens +5
Over 43 points -110
Under 43 points -110
It is critical that Baltimore is able to run the football, and that’s why they been pleasantly surprised by Alex Collins, who is now averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has basically seized the role as the featured back. In fact, Collins’ yard-per-carry average is almost as much as the Ravens register as an average per pass attempt. No, Joe Flacco has not “matriculated the ball down the field” the way head coach John Harbaugh has wanted hm to, and part of the reason for that involves the back injuries he suffered during training camp. But last week’s 44-20 victory over Detroit was significant from an offensive standpoint.
BetAnySports patrons know that there are superlatives all over the Pittsburgh roster. Le’Veon Bell has 1057 yards rushing, and 502 more receiving. Antonio Brown has 88 catches for 1296 yards. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked only 16 times, so that might mitigate the effect of the Baltimore pass rush.
But Ryan Shazier, the star linebacker, suffered a spinal injury last week, and rookie receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who’s been a tremendous contributor, has been suspended. Those are two key people. Let’s see if Flacco can connect once again with Mike Wallace, who had 116 yards receiving against Detroit, and he’ll be more effective obviously if the Ravens can establish some kind of ground attack. Will look for a tight one here, so we are taking the points.
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