NFL Predictions: SNF Ravens vs Steelers, MNF Pats vs Dolphins
The top two teams in the AFC are on a collision course for conference supremacy, as the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots will lock horns next weekend. The winner of that one will likely be the favorite to land the number one seed in the AFC in the postseason, but both teams have prime time tilts to take care of before they renew their rivalry. The Steelers will have a huge divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens, knowing that they will clinch the AFC North with a win. The New England Patriots can also seal up their division with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. Can the two leaders in the AFC keep their great run of form going in Week 14? Let’s take a closer look at both games and make some winning NFL Predictions.
SNF – Baltimore Ravens Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date/Time: Sunday, December 10th, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Odds: Pittsburgh -5.5
The Baltimore Ravens have missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, and now look as though they are going to need to go the Wild Card route in order to avoid going 0 for 3. The good news for the Ravens is that they currently occupy one of those playoff positions, but with things looking very tight in the AFC, they really cannot afford too many slip-ups in the final few weeks. They have been taking care of business, though, and are coming into this one on a 3-game winning streak. The offense has found some new life during this positive run, scoring 30 PPG in their last 3 games. Baltimore has had some success in Pittsburgh in recent seasons, going 4-2 SU in their last 6 visits. They will be seeking revenge for the 26-9 beating they took to the Steelers earlier this season.
Pittsburgh is coming into this one on a 7-game winning streak, but they have made a habit of winning games the hard way, consistently needing to come from behind to pull out wins. They also have concerns about the health of Ryan Shazier, who was carted off against the Bengals last week with a serious back injury. This is a very strong group of players, though, and you know that they are going to come together and try to win for their fallen brother. As good as this current win streak is for the Steelers, it pales in comparison to what they have done in prime time, where they are now winners of 11 straight.
The Steelers are in as a 5-point favorite, with the point total set at 44. I like the Steelers to win and cover, with the total going UNDER.
Baltimore Ravens 16 Pittsburgh Steelers 27
MNF – New England Patriots Vs Miami Dolphins
Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium
Odds: Patriots -11.5
The Patriots win streak is currently at 9 games, as they once again look to head into the postseason as the top seed in the conference. They are going to need to win this one without the services of Rob Gronkowski, as the big man was handed a 1-game suspension for a nasty late hit in the win over the Buffalo Bills last week If the Patriots have proven anything over the years, it’s that they can overcome injuries and suspensions and still find a way to win. The Patriots are money on the road, going 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games away from home, and they also looked very comfortable in a 35-17 win over the Dolphins a couple of weeks ago.
It has been an injury-plagued season for the Dolphins, but they did have a positive moment last weekend, routing the Denver Broncos 35-9 to end a 5-game losing skid. As good as that win was, they look to be up against it versus a Patriots team that they have only managed to beat 3 times in their last 10 meetings. Miami has been a little tougher to beat in their own building, and have gone 8-4 SU in their last 12 games at home.
The Patriots are an 11-point favorite, with the point total set at 47 ½. The Dolphins have failed to cover in 8 straight Monday night games, and I expect more of the same here.
New England Patriots 30 Miami Dolphins 10