Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 27, 2015, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Baltimore Ravens +10.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play a AFC North contest Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope to inch that much closer to a playoff spot with a victory. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,369 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Roethlisberger has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 2,345 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Markus Wheaton has 38 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 113.1 yards per contest, and DeAngelo Williams leads the way with 799 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 20.5 points on 368.6 yards per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the Steelers with 102 tackles, Cameron Heyward has seven sacks and Antwon Blake has nine pass deflections.
The Baltimore Ravens look to play spoiler after a rough 4-10 season. Jimmy Clausen is completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 555 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Clausen has 173 pass attempts since the 2014 season. Kamar Aiken and Crockett Gillmore have combined for 1,214 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Givens has 17 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 92.7 yards per contest, and Javorius Allen leads the way with 399 yards on 105 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 25.7 points and 342.7 yards per game. Daryl Smith leads the Ravens with 110 tackles, Elvis Dumervil has six sacks and Lardarius Webb has nine pass deflections. Jimmy Smith, Albert McClellan and Marlon Brown are questionable.
The Steelers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC North. The Ravens are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 vs. AFC and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Steelers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Baltimore.
Usually I would take the points in a rivalry game, but the Ravens are downright awful and have zero answers at the quarterback position with Flacco out. The Steelers offense is capable of scoring at will, and Baltimore’s defense that gives up big plays isn’t going to be much factor.
I see a blowout game here simply due to Baltimore being banged up on both sides of the ball.