Baltimore Ravens (6-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
NFL Football: Wednesday, December 2 2020 at 3:40 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -10 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens when they meet Wednesday Afternoon in week 12 NFL AFC North action at Heinz Field.
The Baltimore Ravens need a statement win after losing three of their last four games. The Baltimore Ravens have won four of their last five road games. Robert Griffin III will make his first start of the season, and he enters this game with just two pass attempts for nine yards and an interception. RG3 takes over for Lamar Jackson who tested positive for COVID-19, and he has just 46 pass attempts since the 2018 NFL season. Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay have combined for 610 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Miles Boykin has 14 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 160.5 yards per contest, and a combination of Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will likely get the bulk of the carries with Jackson and Mark Ingram battling the virus. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 19.5 points and 333 yards per game. Patrick Queen leads the Baltimore Ravens with 70 tackles, DeShon Elliott has 2.5 sacks and Marcus Peters has three interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to stay hot while improving to 11-0 on the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t lost a home game since December 15 of last year. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,534 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last five games. Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson have combined for 1,096 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while JuJu Smith-Schuster has 58 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 102.2 yards per contest, and James Conner leads the way with 645 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 17.4 points and 306.9 yards per game. Vince Williams leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 54 tackles, TJ Watt has nine sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick has four interceptions.
The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Ravens last 7 road games. The under is 3-1-2 in Steelers last 6 games overall. The Ravens are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Baltimore Ravens are just 1-3 since their bye week and are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans, which makes it tough to rebound from on a short week. The Pittsburgh Steelers are unbeaten on the season and have arguably the best defense in the league that's fifth in total yards allowed and first in points scored. The Steelers have earned the right to be favored here, however, the Ravens have won three of the last five meetings against Pittsburgh, and the road team has won four of the last six meetings in this heated rivalry. The Ravens have also been money on the road each of the last two seasons, and they've won outright seven of their last nine games as an underdog.
You don't see the Ravens as a double digit underdog often. Take advantage while you have the chance.
Update: While the Ravens have been destroyed by COVID-19 and won't have Lamar Jackson at quarterback, Robert Griffin III is still a veteran quarterback who is capable of being good in moments, and he still has a power running game he can lean on. I'm also not sold on the Steelers being as good as their record indicates, as they've played down to their competition a lot and could easily have a loss or two. It feels like everybody is going to be backing the Steelers here because of the noise surrounding the Ravens with the virus. I still want the points.