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Ravens are Cleaning up in Divisional Games

No one in their right mind would describe the Baltimore Ravens as a fun team, but everyone would describe winning bets as fun, and that’s exactly what Baltimore has been doing in divisional games the past few seasons. The Ravens are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs divisional opponents and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight divisional road games. They’ll look to cash another ticket for their backers Sunday night in Pittsburgh vs the Steelers.

Shark Bites
  • The Ravens are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Steelers.
  • The Ravens are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games as an underdog.
  • The Steelers are 11-0 SU in their last 11 games at night.

As their 10-2 SU record indicates, the Steelers have been on a roll for most of the season, while the Ravens appear to be hitting their stride at the right time after winning three straight games, which is their longest win streak since the beginning of last season. With the spread in the 5-point range favoring Pittsburgh, bettors should be very interested to know that four of the last five games between the teams have been decided by four points or less. Specifically, in Pittsburgh, they play a lot of tightly contested games with eight of the last 12 being decided by four or less.

Of course, the Steelers kicked the Ravens around pretty good in Week 4, 26-9. Le’Veon Bell played one of his better games of the season, accounting for 186 total yards and two touchdowns. A repeat performance might be a bit tricky this time around as Baltimore has allowed just 73 rushing yards per game during its three-game win streak. While Bell was able to light the Ravens up earlier this season, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has struggled in recent matchups with Baltimore, throwing just four touchdowns and six interceptions in his last five games against them.

The Steelers have taken full advantage of playing on their home field this season as they’re averaging close to seven more points per game at home compared with on the road. Baltimore, on the other hand, is averaging eight fewer points per game on the road.  The total for the game is hovering at 43.5 points and the UNDER has hit in four of the last five games between these teams in Pittsburgh. The Ravens have been on a great OVER run, however, with only one of their last eight games going UNDER the total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds at sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Steelers pegged as 7-point favorites in this betting matchup. The total, meanwhile, was listed by books like TopBet at 42.5.

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 29-12 win for the Steelers on Sunday. That score may change during the week if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Pittsburgh Steelers are 10-2 overall and 6-6 against the spread, while the Ravens are 7-5 and 6-5-1 ATS. As for the totals, Pittsburgh is 4-8 on the OU, and Baltimore is 7-4-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Baltimore injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 11-rated Ravens taking on the No. 6-rated Steelers in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 12-ranked offense (23.45 PPG) against a Baltimore Ravens defense that ranks No. 2 at 17 PPG. The Steelers passing attack has averaged 262.91 yards per game, more than the Ravens give up through the air (189.91 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Ravens feature the league's No. 12-rated road run defense, allowing 111 yards per game. The Steelers, meanwhile, rank No. 20 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Baltimore won its last game, 44-20 over Detroit on Sunday, behind a 116-yard receiving performance from Mike Wallace at M&T Bank Stadium.

In their last gridiron battle, Le'Veon Bell did much of the damage, producing 106 receiving yards as Pittsburgh beat the Bengals 23-20 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games
  • Baltimore is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Baltimore is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Baltimore at Cleveland, Sunday, December 17
Pittsburgh home to New England, Sunday, December 17