Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Football Betting Preview

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For 14 of the 17 years the division has existed, either the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) or the Baltimore Ravens (5-1) have won the AFC North. The two are battling for the division again in 2020 as they meet for the first time this season in Week 8.

This game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and will be televised regionally on CBS.

The Steelers-Ravens history has been one of the best and fiercest of the last 20 years, with Pittsburgh leading 28-24, including a 3-1 mark in the playoffs. Last year, with Ben Roethlisberger out injured, the Ravens got the sweep with a 28-10 home win and a 26-23 overtime win in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have won two of the last three in Baltimore and will host the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. 

Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Outlook: Protect the Ball 

In betting with us a twww.RealBookies.com , you've gone 5-1 ATS with the Steelers, while the over is 3-2-1 in their six games. The offense ranks 21st in total yards (358.7 yards per game), 11th in rushing (120.7 yards per game), 23rd in passing (229 yards per game) and sixth in scoring (30.5 points per game) while turning the ball over seven times.

The defense is first in total yards (286.3 yards per game), second against the run (68.8 yards per game), sixth against the pass (217.5 yards per game) and seventh in scoring defense (19.7 points per game).

The Steelers held on to win at Tennessee 27-24 on a missed field goal at the buzzer on Sunday. With Seattle losing to Arizona, the Steelers are the last remaining unbeaten team but have just a one-game lead in the division.

Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in Tennessee but also had two touchdowns. He completed 32-of-49 passes for 268 yards. On the season, Roethlisberger has 13 touchdowns, four interceptions and 1,446 yards.  

Running back James Conner ran 20 times for 82 yards against the Titans, while Benny Snell Jr. had the lone rushing touchdown. Conner has 451 yards on the season with four touchdowns, while Snell has a pair of rushing scores.

Seven different players caught a pass on Sunday, led by wide receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Dionte Johnson, who each had nine receptions. Johnson had 80 yards and two touchdowns, while Smith-Schuster had 85 yards.

Smith-Schuster leads the team with 32 receptions on the season, while rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has 333 yards and four touchdowns. 

Baltimore Ravens Betting Outlook: Run the Ball 

Betting with us at www.RealBookies.com , the Ravens are 3-3 ATS, and the under is 4-2 in their six games as they come off their bye week. The Ravens are first in the NFL in rushing offense (164.3 yards per game), 27th in total yards (342.2 yards per game), 31st in passing (177.8 yards per game) and eighth in scoring (29.8 points per game).

The defense has allowed the fewest points (17.3 points per game) while ranking 10th against the run (109 yards per game) and total yards (339.8 yards per game).

On the season, quarterback Lamar Jackson has completed 63% of his passes for 1,135 yards. He has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions but has been sacked 15 times. Jackson had three interceptions against the Steelers last year with one touchdown, 161 passing yards and 70 rushing yards before sitting out the second matchup in Week 17.

Jackson is also the Ravens' leading rusher with 346 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Mark Ingram II has 225 yards on 50 carries with two touchdowns, while Gus Edwards has 218 yards and one score. Rookie J.K. Dobbins has added two touchdowns with 154 yards.

Wide receiver Marquise Brown leads the Ravens in receptions (26) and yards (376) but has just one score on the season. Tight end Mark Andrews has a team-best five touchdowns with 20 catches for 243 yards. 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Betting Line 

Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at www.RealBookies.com , where the Ravens are favored by 5.5 points at home. The total is 49 points, and the Steelers are a +190 underdog on the moneyline. 

Betting Analysis 

The underdog is 18-7-3 ATS in the last 28 games in this series, and the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Baltimore. The road team is also 5-2 ATS the last four seasons, and the under has hit in four straight Ravens home games.  

Baltimore is well rested and will be the best team the Steelers have played this season, but after handling the Titans, Pittsburgh should be up for the test.

Free Pick: Pittsburgh +5.5 (-110) 

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