Last Updated on December 2, 2020

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are -10 on the spread line against the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. The total is set to 40.5.
  • The Steelers are 8-2 against the spread this year.
  • The Ravens have lost three of their last four games.

 

The first meeting between the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) and the Baltimore Ravens (6-4) was an instant classic. Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a second-half comeback that preserved their perfect season and gave them a stranglehold on the AFC North.

As it stands, the Ravens are on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture. After starting the year 5-1, Baltimore has dropped three of its last four. They entered the season with Super Bowl hopes, but they will need to turn it around quickly if they have any hope of making a playoff run.

These division rivals were originally supposed to meet on Thanksgiving, but a COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore’s locker room pushed the game back to Sunday. More COVID-19 positives for the Ravens and a few for the Steelers pushed this game back even further to Wednesday night.

 

Steelers – Ravens Odds Wednesday

The Steelers are -10 on the spread line and -435 on the moneyline. There are some sportsbooks where bettors can grab the Ravens at +10.5 as well. The total is set to 40.5 or 41.5 depending on where you look.

Pittsburgh has been among the best of the best when it comes to covering the spread this season. They are 8-2 against the spread despite the fact that they have been favored in all but two games this year. This will be just the second time all season that Baltimore is the underdog going into a game. They are 4-5-1 against the spread.

 

Who is the public betting on?

Teams

Point Spread

% Handle

% Bets

Total Points

% Handle

% Bets

Moneyline

% Handle

% Bets

BAL Ravens

+10

18%

29%

Over 42.5

63%

85%

+360

17%

18%

PIT Steelers

-10

82%

71%

Under 42.5

37%

15%

-435

83%

82%

Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

 

 

Game Preview & Betting Angles

Is it finally time for Pittsburgh’s perfect season to end? Ravens fans hope so because another loss would seriously damage their playoff hopes. But make no mistake about it, this game is huge for the Steelers as well. They hold a slim one-game lead for the sole bye in the AFC and one loss would give the Kansas City Chiefs a chance to leapfrog Pittsburgh in the standings.

Here are all the game notes you need to know for both teams before this crucial game.

 

Steelers Game Notes

The Steelers are sound in all three phases of the game and even though they have not been as dominant as their 10-0 record would suggest, they consistently make winning plays when they need to. The return of Big Ben after he missed nearly all of last season has been vital to Pittsburgh’s success. He already has over 2,500 passing yards and 25 touchdowns on the season. Although he’s a bit long in the tooth, he still has some magic in his arm.

The Steelers will need Big Ben to play well to make up for the loss of James Conner. The starting running back recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Wednesday’s game. Regardless, their strength still lies in their defense. The Steelers are allowing an NFL-best 17.4 points per game and rank top seven in the league in total yards, rushing yards, and passing yards. They simply do not have any weaknesses defensively.

Turnover differential is perhaps the one stat that encapsulates how balanced Pittsburgh is this year. The Steelers are an NFL-best +12, which includes 15 interceptions, three more than the next team.

 

Ravens Game Notes

While Pittsburgh will be without its starting running back on Sunday, that’s nothing compared to what Baltimore is dealing with. The Ravens could be missing up to 23 players due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. They will be running a skeleton squad out there.

The Ravens were the best regular-season team in football last year, but after going 14-2 in 2019, they are 6-5 in their last 11 games. Lamar Jackson is the reigning MVP, but teams seem to be figuring out how to stop him and the Baltimore offense. Jackson has only thrown for 250 yards once this season. Not to mention, he already matched his interception total (6) from last season.

Part of the issue with Baltimore’s heavy emphasis on running the ball is that they have a tough time coming back if they fall behind. Additionally, when they take big leads they are susceptible to comebacks. We saw that happen in Week 8 when the Ravens took a 10-point lead into the second half but allowed the Steelers to take control in the second half.

Despite some of Baltimore’s struggles on offense, they still have a strong defense. They are third in the NFL in scoring defense (19.5 points per game). This game features two of the best defenses in the NFL and two teams that know each other well. That should make for a great matchup to cap off the Thanksgiving day of NFL games.

 

 

Ravens vs. Steelers Player Props

Quarterback Completions Passing Yards Passing TD
Robert Griffin (BAL) 15.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 170.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 0.5 (Ov -182 | Un +145)
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) 25.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 270.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 1.5 (Ov -167 | Un +133)
Running Backs Attempts Rush Yards Rush + Receiving Yards
Gus Edwards (BAL) N/A 39.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) N/A
Benny Snell Jr. (PIT)  15.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 57.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 68.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Anthony McFarland Jr. (PIT) N/A 21.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 28.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Wide Receivers + Tight Ends Receptions Receiving Yards Longest Reception
Marquise Brown (BAL)  3.5 (Ov +125 | Un -157) 38.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 18.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Miles Boykin (BAL) N/A 10.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 9.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Devin Duvernay (BAL)  2.5 (Ov +130 | Un -165) 22.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 13.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Chase Claypool (PIT) 4.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 49.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 20.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)  5.5 (Ov +115 | Un -143) 52.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 18.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Diontae Johnson (PIT)  5.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 56.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 20.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Eric Ebron (PIT)  3.5 (Ov -106 | Un -118) 34.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 16.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)

 

 

How To Watch Steelers – Ravens Sunday

  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • Time: 3:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • TV: NBC

 

Betting Picks & Score Prediction

The Steelers were too good to pass on at -3 when this game opened. However, the line has drastically shifted to -10. All the same, take the Steelers laying the points. They are 8-2 ATS this season. The Ravens are very inconsistent and will be severely shorthanded on Wednesday. The over on 40.5 points is another potential pick, but with all the uncertainty on both sidelines, it’s probably a safe bet to stay away from the total points.

 

Final Score Prediction: Steelers win 31-17

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