Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)
Kickoff: Thursday, November 28th, at 8:30PM Eastern
Line: Baltimore -3 Total: 40.5
Thanksgiving night, the Baltimore Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a fight for a shot at the AFC North and an afterlife, in the playoffs. Some sportswriters are hyping a rivalry between these two clubs, but that history may no longer be relevant. This is about survival, in the immediate present. Neither team has lived up to its name or reputation in the 2013 NFL football wagering season. Baltimore is hardly the same team that won the Super Bowl last season. They hit the NFL Draft well, but they need to compensate for the big personal changes. If Pittsburgh makes the playoffs, Internet oddsmakers say it will one of best late season comebacks in the history of the league. At YouWager, the Steelers are 3 point underdogs in this matchup.
Flacco’s many sacks suggest Baltimore’s offensive line is struggling. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has completed 59.1 percent of his passes, and scored 14 touchdowns. But he’s also thrown 14 interceptions, and he’s been sacked 37 times. Bernard Pierce is only averaging 2.7 yards per game, with a rushing game that ranks 27th in the NFL. Baltimore’s offense is averaging 20.6 points and 308.8 yards per game. Their defense is giving up 19.5 points and 329 yards per game. In the previous contest between these two teams, online sportsbook bettors saw Baltimore lose to Pittsburgh 19-16.
The Steelers had a bad start for 2013, but they won 3 consecutive games, and 5 of their last 7. Injuries have taken a toll on Pittsburgh, but have managed to keep rolling along. Ben Roethlisberger has completed 64.5 percent of his throws for 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and he’s been sacked 36 times. Running back LeVeon Bell is averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Pittsburgh’s offense averages 22.1 points and 339.5 yards per game. The defense that YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans once called the Steel Curtain now allows 23.3 points and 343.2 yards per game.
In their last 7 games, the Steelers are 5-2 against the spread. Against a team with a losing record, they are 4-9 against the spread, and they are 5-2 against the spread after a win. Pittsburgh has covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 games in Baltimore. In their last 7 games at home, Baltimore is 6-1 against the spread. The Ravens are 5-2 against the spread after a victory, and against a team with a losing record, they are 5-11 against the spread. At YouWager, the Ravens are 3 point favorites. The Total is 40.5. Game time Thanksgiving night is 8:30PM Eastern.