Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens: NFL Week 13 Betting Odds and Picks

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Thursday, 11/28/13, 8:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Baltimore -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Baltimore -3
Opening Total:  41.5
Current Total:  40.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Baltimore Ravens have been great at home under head coach John Harbaugh

The Baltimore Ravens have been great at home under head coach John Harbaugh

Pittsburgh has won and covered the number in its last three games, including a 27-11 victory over the Cleveland Browns as 2.5-point road underdogs in Week 12, while going UNDER the betting total of 40.  “That team is hot,” commented Ravens running back Ray Rice about the Steelers.  “They’re playing good football right now.”  It’s important to point out that this proud franchise has lost the statistical battle in five of its last six contests.  Pittsburgh is 2-3 SUATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Steelers are tied with the Titans, Chargers, Jets, Ravens and Dolphins fro the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.  Pittsburgh will need a huge performance from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has completed 63.3 percent of his passes while throwing seven touchdowns and just one interception during the team’s current winning streak.  The team has won three of its last five visits to M&T Bank Stadium, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL betting lines Thursday night.

Baltimore has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 19-3 victory over the New York Jets as four-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total of 38.  The Ravens have really struggled in creating big plays—ranking 31st in the NFL in averaging 4.54 yards per play.  Nine of the last 11 meetings in this AFC North rivalry have been decided by three points, which is important to consider when making your NFL expert picks in this Thanksgiving Night affair.  Baltimore is 4-1 SU and 4-0-1 ATS at home in 2013.

Dating back to Week 2, the Ravens have allowed just 16.6 points per game, as they continue to get after opposing quarterbacks.  Baltimore has compiled a 7-1 record in prime-time home games during the John Harbaugh era.  In the team’s 18-year history, it has hosted 15 games when the temperature is below 40 degrees—coming away with a victory in 13 of those affairs.

Sports bettors will likely back the Ravens due to their 7-1-2 ATS mark in their last 10 November games.

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