Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 6, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3 -- Over/Under: 43
Coming up at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, November 6, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens will lock horns in Week 9 NFL action from the AFC North.
The Steelers are sitting at 4-3 right now and coming off a bye week. In their last outing, Pittsburgh dropped a game 27-16 to the Patriots. In that one, Steelers QB Landry Jones went 29-of-47 for 281 yards, a TD and a pick, while lead RB Le’Veon Bell tallied 81 yards on 21 carries. Antonio Brown was Pittsburgh’s lead receiver as usual on seven catches for 106 yards.
So far this season, Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers in passing with a 145-of-226 line for 1685 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Bell sits atop the rushers with 344 yards on 69 carries. Brown, of course, is the big dog in the receiving game for Pittsburgh, with 48 grabs for 592 yards and five touchdowns.
Over on the Ravens’ side, they’re coming out of a bye as well at 3-4 on the year. Baltimore has dropped four straight, most recently a 24-16 affair against the Jets. In that game, Ravens QB Joe Flacco was 25-of-44 for 258 yards and two picks in a forgettable outing, while Terrance West couldn’t find much room on the ground, carrying eight times for 10 yards in a horrid rushing day. Mike Wallace was just about the only Raven with a nice line, catching 10 balls for 120 yards.
On the year so far, Flacco is 189-of-308 for 1837 yards and a 5:6 TD:INT mark for the Ravens, while West leads the backs on 96 carries for 424 yards and three touchdowns. As for Wallace, he leads the Baltimore receivers with 35 catches for 490 yards and three scores.
The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home, and 5-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss. Pittsburgh is also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the AFC North, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a bye week.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the AFC North, and 17-8-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Baltimore is also 2-11-1 in their last 14 home games, and 1-6-1- ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up loss.
This game is going to come down to one thing, and that’s the health of Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is coming off a knee injury and is practicing this week, but his status is far from certain. Roethlisberger is a quick healer and very well could be out on the field. If he is, Pittsburgh should have no trouble solving the Ravens defense alongside Ben, Bell and Brown. If not, Landry Jones won’t have the same impact and will open the door for a Ravens win. Tentatively, I’m going with the Steelers here, but it’s a conditional decision.