Baltimore (8-6) further solidified its playoff position with a big win over Chicago last Sunday and the Steelers (7-7) are coming off a thrilling last play win over Green Bay, snapping a five game losing streak. This game is centered on making the playoffs for both teams. The Ravens can catch division-leading Cincinnati but they will also make the playoffs with a win this week and a loss by Jacksonville and the New York Jets. The Ravens have the luxury of controlling their own fate, something the Steelers do not. The Steelers could theoretically win their remaining two games of the season and yet finish behind Baltimore if they can beat Oakland in their season finale. Baltimore will have to play this game without two starters in the secondary. Safety Ed Reed will miss another game after missing the last three and cornerback Ladarius Webb torn a ligament in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season. The injury bug has hit the Steelers hard this year as well; they will be without Troy Polamalu for another game as he has missed the last six games. Baltimore has also had little luck at Heinz Field since it opened in 2001, going just 2-8 there. Your betting lines, trends and predictions are listed below for this Ravens vs Steelers Week 16 game.
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Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Line and Odds:
Baltimore Ravens +3 (-125)
vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -3 (+105)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Pittsburgh 21 Baltimore 17
Spread Prediction- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 901 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception in his career against the Ravens. This is including a 23-14 victory in the AFC championship game last season. The two injuries to the secondary will not boast well for the Ravens, especially since Roethilisberger is coming of a franchise best 503 yard passing performance last week. The Ravens do not have a very good record at Heinz field, it is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. I like the STEELERS to cover this 3 point spread at +105 odds.
Over/Under- Although both teams are hurting on defense, December is the month where true defenses come out, regardless of injuries. The weather in December in Pittsburgh will also be in favor of defenses. Both defenses have tremendous ability to force turnovers. I like the UNDER 42 total points in this Ravens vs Steelers match up.
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