The Ravens are field-goal favorites over the Steelers ahead of their game Sunday in Pittsburgh, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.
After one excited home win Sunday night over the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens (8-3) are favored by 3 ½ points over Pittsburgh, which comes after its worst loss ever under longtime coach Mike Tomlin. The Bengals led the Steelers, 41-10, in Cincinnati on Sunday, the second game in a row in which Pittsburgh has allowed over 40 points.
The Steelers (5-5-1) could also be without a star without linebacker TJ Watt, which was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Monday after allegedly testing positive for coronavirus. Watt has 12 ½ sacks in nine games this season, second most in the NFL.
According to Covers.com‘s historic odds, dating back to the 2006 season, the Ravens have never been favored by more than 3 points in Pittsburgh under coach John Harbaugh. They were favorites at 3 ½ points in 2019 when Pittsburgh started quarterback Mason Rudolph in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. They were also three-point favorites in 2015 and 2012, with Michael Vick and Byron Leftwich respectively starting for the injured Roethlisberger. The Ravens won all three games with a field goal.
Roethlisberger is expected to start on Sunday, but he comes after a bad play. He finished 24-for-41 for 263 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday in Cincinnati, and his QBR (28.3) was the second-lowest of his season.
The Ravens, who lead AFC North and have yet to play against Pittsburgh this season, have done well against division opponents recently. They are 9-2 against the spread against the Steelers, Browns and Bengals over their last 11 meetings. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, are 1-6 against the spread in the last seven home games overall, according to CBS Sports.
The Steelers, who swept last season’s series after the Ravens took the 2019 series, lead the all-time rivalry by 30-24. Due to illness and planned circumstances, the Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has started only twice against Pittsburgh, winning in 2019 at Heinz Field and losing in Baltimore last year.
Over / under for Sunday’s match is 44 points.