Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 12 Pick – NFL Thanksgiving Day

The NFL is set up with another great Thanksgiving Day of action. Three games will be up on the board throughout November 26. To end the day of action, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet up. These two teams have had solid starts to the season, which should lead to a great Thursday Night game. This one will kick off at around 8:20 PM Eastern time.

The Ravens have put up a record of 6-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AFC North. Baltimore is right behind the Cleveland Browns in the division and need this win. The Ravens are looking to hand the Steelers their first loss. Baltimore has lost back to back games and three of their last four. They will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.

Pittsburgh has earned a perfect 10-0 record on the season so far, which has them in first place of the AFC North. The Steelers have been able to dominate this season thanks to great play on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh will look to keep their perfect season alive with a big win on Thursday Night. I expect the Steelers to come out quick in this one as they look to knock off their division rival.

These two teams have put up solid record this season. Baltimore has struggled since their bye week and desperately need to get back in the win column with a victory on Thursday Night. The Ravens have lost to the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans in back to back games. If Baltimore can find some rhythm in this one, it will give them a chance to earn a big win over the Steelers.

Previous Matchups

The Ravens and the Steelers met up once earlier in the season. The game was in Baltimore back in Week 8. Lamar Jackson had two touchdown passes, while Gus Edwards rushed for a touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger had two touchdown passes and James Connor had a rushing touchdown. Robert Spillane had an interception return for a touchdown as Pittsburgh was able to win 28-24 on the road.

Baltimore met up with the Tennessee Titans last week at home. Lamar Jackson had a passing touchdown to Mark Andrews, while J.K. Dobbins had a rushing touchdown. Ryan Tannehill had two passing touchdowns as this game needed overtime. Derrick Henry rushed for a 29 yards touchdown in overtime to help give the Titans a nice 30-24 win.

The Steelers met up with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. Chase McLaughlin opened up the scoring with a field goal, but that was all Jacksonville could score. Ben Roethlisberger had two passing touchdowns on the day, while Benny Snell Jr. had a rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh was able to take care of business with a solid 27-3 win.

These two teams had opposite performances last week. Pittsburgh was able to dominate Jacksonville, who has struggled throughout this season. The Ravens took a tough loss to the Titans in overtime. Baltimore could not finish them off, but will have a chance to bounce back in this one. The Ravens blew a lead last time they played the Steelers and will look to come out stronger in this one.

Quarterback Comparison

Lamar Jackson is the starting Quarterback for the Ravens this season. Jackson has struggled a bit this season after winning MVP last season. He has thrown for 1948 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Jackson has also rushed for 575 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last week he went 17-29 for 186 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Ben Roethlisberger is back as the starter under center for Pittsburgh this season. Roethlisberger has come out strong after missing last season. He has thrown for 2534 yards, 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Roethlisberger went 32-46 for 267 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in last weeks win against the Jaguars.

These two teams have great Quarterbacks starting under center. Jackson has struggled a bit more this season, which gives Roethlisberger the edge in this one. The Ravens need Jackson to step up on Thursday night. Lamar Jackson is coming off a tough couple of weeks and if he can bounce back it would be huge for Baltimore. If Roethlisberger can continue to dominate though, it could be too much for the Ravens.

Defensive Battle

The Ravens have been solid on the offensive side of the ball, but better on defense. Baltimore has scored 268 points this season and gained 3439 yards of offense, which is 12th and 24th in the NFL. The Ravens have held their opponents to 195 points, which is 3rd in the league. Baltimore has only given up 3330 yards to opposing teams, which is 8th in the NFL.

Pittsburgh has been doing well on both sides of the ball this season. The Steelers have scored 298 points this season, which is 4th in the league this season. Pittsburgh gained 3478 yards on offense, which is 21st in the NFL. The Steelers have dominated on defense. Pittsburgh has held opposing teams to 174 points and 3069 yards, which is 1st and 4th in the league.

These two teams have both dominated on defense this season. Both offenses have put up solid numbers on offense as well though. The Ravens and the Steelers have both struggled to move the ball down the field at times, which could be the case in this one with these two defenses. I expect both teams to try and come out quickly to gain an early lead and momentum on Thursday night.

Pick Overview

Pittsburgh has had a perfect start to this season and have dominated their opponents. The Steelers have a tough matchup against the Ravens on Thanksgiving Day. The Ravens have struggled a bit as of late, losing three of their last four. I do not expect that to last. Baltimore matches up well with the Steelers and I think they will have a great opportunity to earn a much needed win on Thursday night.

BetOnline has the Steelers listed as a -215 against the money line in this one. This implies that Pittsburgh will win this game around 68.25 percent of the time. I believe that the Steelers have earned the big favorite, but Baltimore is a good team. I think the Ravens should be closer to even in this line. I think Baltimore will come out strong and hand Pittsburgh their first loss. I really like the value on the Ravens, making them my pick for Thursday night.

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Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.