NFL Week 9 Free Betting Preview and Pick- Steelers at Ravens
One of the best rivalries in the NFL will be renewed this Sunday with the 4-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers going on the road to face the 4-4 Baltimore Ravens. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start from M&T Bank Stadium on CBS.
Baltimore has been opened as a three-point favorite in this AFC North battle. VietBet has set the total at 47.5 points. The line is now Ravens -2 and the total has settled at 47.
The Steelers have got things rolling in the right direction since a 26-14 Week 4 loss to the Ravens. They were a three-point favorite on their home field.
Following a home win against Atlanta and a road win against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh ran its current winning streak to three games (both straight-up and against the spread) with Sunday’s 33-18 victory against Cleveland. They were an 8.5-point home favorite. The total went OVER 47.5 points in that game and it has gone OVER BetAnySports’ total line in five of its first seven games.
The loss of Le’Veon Bell due to a contract dispute is becoming less and less of an issue in light of running back James Conner’s ability to fill the void. He led the way against the Browns with 146 yards rushing and two scores on 24 rushing attempts. He also caught five passes for 66 yards as part of Ben Roethlisberger’s 24 completions on the day.
Ravens Have to Get on Right Track
Baltimore has gone in the opposite direction since drawing first blood in the season series against Pittsburgh. Sunday’s no-show in a 36-21 loss to Carolina may be a tipping point. They were listed as 2.5-point road favorites on BetAnySports’ closing line. It dropped the Ravens to 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games. The total went OVER 44.5 points in that game after staying UNDER in their previous five outings on BetAnySports’ closing line.
Sunday’s loss quickly got out of hand with a 24-7 deficit at the half. The inconsistency in Joe Flacco at quarterback produced two interceptions against one touchdown throw.
Baltimore has struggled to effectively run the ball for most of the season. This offense is not built to play from behind. The pressure is starting to mount on Flacco and the team’s head coach John Harbaugh following such a promising start.
The Steelers have the revenge factor and a ton of momentum on their side heading into Sunday’s rematch. Add in two points and I will take Pittsburgh to even the score against its bitter rival in Baltimore.
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