Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 25, 2016, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Christmas afternoon in a key AFC North NFL showdown at Heinz Field.
The Baltimore Ravens look for their ninth victory of the season to remain in the AFC wild card race. The Baltimore Ravens have lost their last four road games. Joe Flacco is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,788 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Flacco has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. have combined for 1,649 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Dennis Pitta has 67 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 90.6 yards per contest, and Terrance West leads the way with 729 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 18.8 points and 312.6 yards per game. Zachary Orr leads the Baltimore Ravens with 124 tackles, Terrell Suggs has eight sacks and Eric Weddle has four interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their sixth straight victory to inch closer to a AFC North division crown. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won eight of their last 10 home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,540 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell have combined for 1,789 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Eli Rogers has 38 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 111.7 yards per contest, and Bell leads the way with 1,146 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 19.7 points and 334.1 yards per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 98 tackles, James Harrison has five sacks and Artie Burns has three interceptions.
The Ravens are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC North. The Steelers are 15-7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ravens are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
There may be value with the points when you consider the Baltimore Ravens have won the last four games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and have not allowed more than 20 points during those games. The problem I have in this matchup is that the Ravens have lost four straight on the road and aren't the same team they are at home. The Ravens have failed to cover five straight road games. Also, I'm not sure the Ravens offense is good enough to match the Steelers when they do get going, as it's only a matter of time before Pittsburgh finds the end zone a couple times. I'll take the Steelers by a touchdown in this spot.