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The Steelers' Success has Hinged on Bell's Performance

After getting a week to rest up, the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to bounce back after their Week 7 trouncing at Heinz Field at the hands of the New England Patriots. They will travel to Maryland to take on their division rival Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 and will still more than likely be without the services of Big Ben Roethlisberger.

SHARK BITES
  • The Steelers are 0-3 SU in their last 3 games against the Ravens.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Ravens' last 7 games with a closing total of 43.5 or more.
  • Antonio Brown has scored at least 1 receiving TD in four of his last 5 games after a loss.

This is a tough game to extract value from when we don’t know who will be starting under center for Pittsburgh, but the Steelers have historically struggled in Baltimore as they are just 3-10 in their last 13 games at M&T Bank Stadium and they’ve dropped two straight.

Le’Veon Bell will have to have his A game on Sunday as the Steelers are 0-2 in the two games he has failed to combine for over 150 yards rushing and receiving. The Ravens have climbed back up in the ranks in defensive DVOA as they are currently the sixth most efficient defense. Landry Jones struggled to move the ball against the 18th most efficient defense (New England) last week so it could be a long day for the Steelers offense if Roethlisberger is unable to go.

The Ravens have gone against the conventional wisdom that playing at home gives you the advantage. They’ve gone just 5-5 SU and an abysmal 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games in Baltimore.

This game has the potential to be played down in the dirt with two offenses going that have been anything but efficient in recent weeks. Joe Flacco has an adjusted quarterback rating of 52.9 this year – that’s good for 25th in the league – and his offense has scored just 19.9 points per game.

Prepare for this one to be hard on the eyes and maybe have a case of beer handy.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Baltimore Ravens were -3-point favorites at odds maker shops such as Bovada, while the NFL total was set at 43 for over under totals betting.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 26-17 win for the Ravens on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Baltimore Ravens are 3-4 so far on the season, and 2-5 ATS vs the point spread. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, are 4-3 and 4-3 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Baltimore go 3-3-1 and the Pittsburgh Steelers go 2-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baltimore vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Baltimore Ravens and the No. 8-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Baltimore's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 19 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 21.43 PPG. The Ravens aerial game is averaging 246.86 yards per game, less than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 283.43 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Pittsburgh Steelers feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 134 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, ranks No. 16 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last gridiron battle, Antonio Brown did much of the damage, producing 106 receiving yards but New England managed to defeat the Steelers 27-16 at Heinz Field.

Mike Wallace was good for 120 receiving yards in the Ravens's most recent action, but while it helped his stats, it didn't help his team to victory and they fell 24-16 to the Ravens.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Baltimore
  • Baltimore is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Baltimore is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Baltimore is 2-11-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home
  • Baltimore is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Dallas, Sunday, November 13th
Baltimore home to Cleveland, Thursday, November 10th

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