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Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers 1/1/23 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
January 1, 2023 8:20 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3 / Pittsburgh Steelers +3; Over/Under: +41.5
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens meet in week 17 NFL Action from M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to build on their 13-10 win over Las Vegas in their last game. Kenny Pickett has thrown for 2,041 yards, 5 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 65.2% passing while Najee Harris leads the Steelers in rushing with 843 rushing yards and 6 TDs this season. Diontae Johnson leads Pittsburgh with 82 grabs for 809 receiving yards while Pat Freiermuth has 696 receiving yards and George Pickens has 700 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Myles Jack has a team-high 100 total tackles including 59 solo tackles while Alex Highsmith has a team-high 12 sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick has 5 interceptions this season.

The Baltimore Ravens will try to build on their 17-9 win over Atlanta last time out. Lamar Jackson has thrown for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 62.3% passing while also leading the Ravens on the ground with 764 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Mark Andrews leads Baltimore with 64 grabs for 747 yards and 5 touchdowns while Demarcus Robinson has 425 receiving yards and Devin Duvernay has 407 receiving yards and 3 TDs as well on the year. On defense, Patrick Queen has a team-high 106 total tackles including 71 solo tackles while Baltimore’s defense as a whole has 44 sacks and 14 interceptions as well this season.

Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing 15 points or less in their previous game while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Baltimore is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 division games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m sticking with Pittsburgh in this one. The Ravens have locked up a playoff spot, and all they’re fighting for over the last couple of weeks is positioning and the chance to play a team like Jacksonville or Tennessee in the wild card round as opposed to Cincinnati or Kansas City and I can get behind the want to avoid those teams. However, regaining health should be of importance to the Ravens as well, and the Pittsburgh Steelers simply need to win because nothing is guaranteed for Pittsburgh right now on the outside looking in. Give me the more motivated team with points in their pocket here and for me that’s the Steelers.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Pittsburgh +3

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