Steelers vs Ravens Week 7 Betting
As recently as last season the Ravens-Steelers series was thought of as the toughest, most physical rivalry in the NFL. But with Baltimore at .500 and the Steelers at 1-4 Sunday's meeting at Heinz Field (4:25 pm ET, CBS) doesn't have quite the allure of recent bouts between these two teams.
The defending Super Bowl champs just lost at home to Green Bay 19-17.
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, just picked up its first victory of the season, beating the Jets in New Jersey 19-6.
As of early this week the Steelers, who are also just 1-4 ATS on the season, were favored by a point over the Ravens.
Totals bettors see conflicting trends in this game. These teams have played OVER (7-2-1 past 10) most times they clash in Pittsburgh. However, the UNDER is 10-1 in the past 11 Steelers games as favorites.
The Steelers are 1-4 so far on the season, and 1-4 ATS vs. the number. The Ravens, meanwhile, are 3-3 and 3-3 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 2-3 and the Ravens go 2-4 on the totals.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Steelers rated this week at No. 17 and the Ravens sitting at No. 13. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 20-14 result in favor of the Ravens this week.
Baltimore lost its last outing, a 19-17 result against the Packers on October 13. The Ravens failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 36 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Steelers grabbed a Week 6 victory over the Jets in their last game, winning 19-6 at MetLife Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 27-ranked offense (17.6 PPG) against a Ravens defense that ranks No. 13 at 21.5 PPG. The Steelers passing attack has averaged 277.6 yards per game, more than the Ravens give up through the air (254.33 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Ravens own the league's No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 96.67 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 29 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Ravens at Steelers trends to consider:
Baltimore is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 7 games
Baltimore is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Baltimore at Cleveland, Sunday, November 3rd
Pittsburgh at Oakland, Sunday, October 27th