Ravens vs. Steelers Betting Predictions

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Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, NFL Betting Predictions, November 26

Both teams entered the season as Super Bowl contenders, but only the Pittsburgh Steelers have lived up to the hype. The Baltimore Ravens’ weaknesses have been exposed with three losses in the last four weeks while the Steelers remain perfect at 10-0. Pittsburgh already went into Baltimore and beat the Ravens to start the horrible streak for Baltimore, and now the Ravens have to head to Pittsburgh shorthanded. That doesn’t bode well for a team in a rut, and the Steelers will likely extend the misery through Thanksgiving.

Ravens vs. Steelers Betting Odds

Baltimore will be playing this week without their top-two running backs, Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins. Both were placed on the COVID reserve list after both tested positive for COVID-19. That means Gus Edwards will be the leading rusher next to Lamar Jackson in the backfield. Edwards has worked in tandem with Dobbins or Ingram most games, so it will be interesting to see how he handles being the featured back. His best game of the season was in the first matchup with the Steelers when he had 87 yards on 16 carries as a duo with Dobbins, who went over 100 yards. Baltimore could compensate by using Jackson more in the run game, but the Ravens could also try to trust Jackson’s arm more in this game. Jackson has completed less than 60 percent of his passes four times in the last six games, but he was tidy and efficient against both the Colts and Patriots. The issue is Jackson’s worse passing game of the season came against Pittsburgh when he completed less than half of his passes and threw two interceptions.

Pittsburgh enters this game with a chance to eliminate the Ravens from the division race. The Steelers have been anything but perfect the past few weeks, but like all great teams, they have found a way to get the job done and win games. The defense leads the league in points allowed and ranks fourth in yards allowed, and Pittsburgh’s 21 takeaways are also a league-best. Teams are scoring on just 27 percent of drives against the Steelers defense, a league-low, and they have just suffocated everything their opponent does well.

Pittsburgh is able to rack up points without gaining many yards, so nothing about their unit jumps out statistically. However, Ben Roethlisberger is playing excellent football and the Steelers continue to hit on wide receivers with late-round draft picks. The Ravens did a good job early in the first game at stopping the Steelers’ offense, but Pittsburgh was able to get things going in the second half with a pair of long touchdown drives. It will curious to see how well the Steelers can drive down the field if they aren’t able to create short fields with turnovers.

The NFL betting sites in New Jersey have set the over/under on this game at 45, a full touchdown less than the teams scored in the first meeting. The Ravens offense will certainly be hurting without its two running backs, but they’ve managed to score 24 points in three of the last four weeks. It won’t be pretty, but I expect Baltimore will be able to move the ball and settle for some field goals in addition to a touchdown or two from Jackson. I’m more curious about Pittsburgh and how much it will try to use James Conner and the run game to help take pressure of Roethlisberger’s arm. Either way, these two teams should play a similar game to what we saw last month, so I’ll bet the over 45 total points at -108 odds.

Steelers to win

Pittsburgh is only four-point favorites in this game, but the recent news out of Baltimore leads me to believe this game could be far worse for the Ravens. Baltimore is a run-first offense and the loss of Ingram and Dobbins in this game will put a lot more pressure on Jackson’s throwing against this Pittsburgh defense. The Ravens struggle when they become a passing offense and Pittsburgh was able to feast on it in the previous meeting with two interceptions. The vaunted Ravens defense has also looked vulnerable during this recent slide, so it’s a prime opportunity for the Steelers to remain unbeaten. I’ll head to the New Jersey online sports betting sites to pick the Steelers to win by less than 14 points on Thursday at +145 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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