Something I like to do every week during the NFL season is to guess what the betting lines are going to be. Yes, I stole the idea from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, I admit it. For the upcoming blood fest between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, my guess was that the Ravens would be 2.5 point favorites. As it turns it out, the Steelers are favored by 1.5 points. Obviously I don’t quite conquer with the Las Vegas bookmakers on this one.
The Steelers are 1-4 and coming off of their first win of the season, which was a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets. The timing for the Steelers couldn’t have been any better, as they were coming off of a bye, while the Jets had a short week after a last second upset win against the Atlanta Falcons the previous Monday night. It was a classic letdown game, if you ask me.
The Ravens are currently 3-3 and have been pretty inconsistent through the first six weeks. The Ravens have had a really hard time running the ball thus far, but on the positive, they have one of the best defenses in the league; a defense that just held Aaron Rodgers to one touchdown pass.
I know that these Ravens vs Steelers games are generally decided by one score and that records don’t matter, but weren’t the Steelers considered one of the worst teams in the league only a few weeks ago? Should they be favored against anybody besides maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Home field advantage really means nothing in this series either, as the Ravens have won their last three regular season games in Pittsburgh. On the other hand, the Steelers ended a 15-game home winning streak by the Ravens with Charlie Batch as their starting quarterback.
This game could go either way, and no result should be surprising, but the Ravens are the better team now, and that should be reflected in the point spread.
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