Ravens underdogs in Monday Night Football
Baltimore looks to remain perfect on the season in a game where rookies will play major roles on both game plans.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 O/U 34
The Ravens are flying high at the beginning of season and are 2-0 and won last week against the Cleveland Browns 28-10, covering the 2.5 point spread, while the 2-1 Steelers had a tough loss last week losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 15-6, as Philly covered the 3.5 point spread.
Both teams are all about defense, as the Ravens have the top-ranked defense in the NFL and the Steelers rank second. However, the Steelers are banged up, as stud RB Willie Parker is out for tonight's game with a sprained knee and QB Ben Roethlisberger is nursing a sore chest. The running game falls to rookie Rashard Mendenhall for Pitt.
This will be the first big test for Ravens QB Joe Flacco, as in the Ravens two wins they have played Cincinnati and Cleveland, both of whom are weak on defense. The Steelers offensive line has to play better this game, which will not be easy against the ferocious defense of the Ravens, as last week they gave up nine sacks to the Eagles.
The Ravens are 2-0 ATS this year, while the Steelers are 1-2. However, the Ravens are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Steelers have been a good bet at home, as they are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games. In the last 7 games between these two teams, they have gone Over 6 times.
OddsShark.com Pick: This game should be a defensive battle and a low scoring affair. To have any chance the Steelers offensive line has to play better than they did last week. Also, the national audience will get to see if Ravens QB Joe Flacco is legit.
Flacco has not put up spectacular numbers, but he has managed the games well and has the Ravens at 2-0.
Look for the Ravens to come out and really put the pressure on the Steelers offense. The Under bet is THE pick and with the health of the Steelers so is taking the Ravens in an upset.