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Steelers vs. Ravens - 10/1/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Ravens (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Date & Time Thursday October 1, 2015, 8:25 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 44
TV Channel
CBS, NFL
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NFL | Baltimore Ravens (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
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The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers square off Thursday night at Heinz Field.

The Baltimore Ravens have to treat this as a must-win game after a shocking 0-3 start to the year. Joe Flacco is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 863 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Flacco has thrown a pick in five of his last seven games. Steve Smith Sr. and Crockett Gillmore have combined for 500 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kamar Aiken has six receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 72.7 yards per contest, and Justin Forsett leads the way with 124 yards on 39 carries. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 28 points and 375 yards per game. Daryl Smith leads the Ravens with 21 tackles, C.J. Mosley has two sacks and Jimmy Smith has two interceptions. Eugene Monroe, Chris Canty and Tray Walker are questionable while Breshad Perriman is doubtful.

The Pittsburgh Steelers look to get off to a fast 3-1 start with a victory here. Michael Vick is completing 83.3 percent of his passes for 38 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Vick will take over at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger out with an injured knee. Antonio Brown and Darrius Heyward-Bey have combined for 590 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Heath Miller has 12 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 93.3 yards per contest, and DeAngelo Williams leads the way with 206 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 17.3 points and 342.7 yards per game. Ryan Shazier leads the Steelers with 22 tackles, Stephon Tuitt has 2.5 sacks and Will Allen has an interception. Cortez Allen, Daniel McCullers and Ryan Shazier are questionable.

The Ravens are in a must-win spot and were able to show signs of life last week against the Bengals. While the Steelers have great offensive weapons, I can't trust Vick at quarterback, a guy who hasn't played like a starting quarterback in years.

Baltimore finally gets its win here. 

Pick:
Baltimore Ravens -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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