Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 10/1/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens +2.5 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens meet Sunday in NFL action at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their second road victory to build on their 2-1 start and rebound from their loss to the Chicago Bears. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of their last six road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 741 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 489 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jesse James has 12 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 69 yards per contest, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 180 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 16.7 points and 259.3 yards per game. Ryan Shazier leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 26 tackles, Anthony Chickillo has three sacks and T.J. Watt has one interception.
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The Baltimore Ravens look to remain unbeaten at home and rebound from their blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Baltimore Ravens have won six straight home games. Joe Flacco is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 366 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Flacco has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Benjamin Watson and Jeremy Maclin have combined for 198 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Javorius Allen has 10 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 142.3 yards per contest, and Allen leads the way with 152 yards on 43 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 18 points and 339 yards per game. C.J. Mosley leads the Baltimore Ravens with 26 tackles, Terrell Suggs has three sacks and Lardarius Webb has two interceptions.
The Steelers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 4 and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games in October. The Ravens are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games in October, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC. The Steelers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
These games are usually absolute bloodbaths, they’re highly competitive and the home team has won seven of the last nine meetings. However, the Baltimore Ravens are at a disadvantage considering they’re coming back from London and are being thrown right into a physical game. With there being a history of teams struggling after traveling across the country, you can only imagine how sloppy Baltimore could look coming back over the pond, especially with them stinking up the joint to begin with. The Steelers looked decent in their first two games and are talented enough that they still had a chance to win last week against the Bears despite not playing well at all. Pittsburgh hasn’t lost back-to-back games since last November. I’ll lay the small line with the Steelers on the road here. I just don’t trust the Ravens in this spot after how they looked last week and with the long trip back home.