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NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
October 8, 2023
One of the most heated rivalries in the NFL will take place on Sunday afternoon in week 5 of the NFL season when the Baltimore Ravens travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for their first meeting of the 2023 NFL season.
The Ravens are coming off a blowout win against the Cleveland Browns while the Steelers were humiliated in week 4 on the road against the Houston Texans and will be returning home after playing their last two games on the road. Which team will come away with the win on Sunday afternoon? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.
The Baltimore Ravens enter this game with a record of 3-1 following a 28-3 win on the road against the Cleveland Browns while covering the 1.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the NFL season. Baltimore scored 28 points while compiling 296 total yards offensively which included 186 passing yards and 131 rushing yards while allowing 3 points and 166 total yards defensively which included 121 passing yards and 93 rushing yards. Lamar Jackson led the team in passing, completing 15 of 19 attempts for 186 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 27 yards and two touchdowns. Gus Edwards led the team in rushing for 15 carries for 48 yards while adding two receptions for a yard. Mark Andrews led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh enters this game with a record of 2-2 following a 6-30 loss on the road against the Houston Texans while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the NFL season. The Steelers scored 6 points while compiling a total of 225 yards offensively which included 132 passing yards and 114 rushing yards while allowing 30 points and 451 total yards defensively which included 312 passing yards and 139 rushing yards. Kenny Pickett led the team in passing, completing 15 of 23 attempts for 114 yards and an interception while rushing for nine yards. Najee Harris led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 71 yards while also leading the team in receiving with a reception for 32 yards.
BookMaker has the Baltimore Ravens listed as 4.5-point favorites on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon in week 4 of the NFL season. Pittsburgh has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while going 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Baltimore is 3-1 ATS overall, 2-0 ATS on the road, 2-1 ATS as a favorite, and 2-0 ATS in division games this season while the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 2-1 ATS as an underdog, and 1-0 ATS in division games on the year.
Baltimore is the better team this season, however, Pittsburgh has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Steelers are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Pittsburgh Steelers +5 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday afternoon in week 5 of the NFL season.
Spooky Express Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers +5
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