Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, 12/2/12, 4:25 PM EST, TV: CBS
Opening Point Spread: Baltimore -8
Current Betting Line: Baltimore -8
Opening Total: 35
Current Total: 34
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Pittsburgh has scored 24 combined points in dropping its last two games, including a 20-14 setback to the Cleveland Browns last week, while going OVER the total for the first time in six contests. The Steelers became the first team in the NFL to turn the ball over eight times since 2001 in that affair. “It’s disgusting,” stated Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. The franchise is 18-15 all-time against Baltimore, including an 8-8 mark when playing at M&T Bank Stadium. Pittsburgh is 5-3 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-1 in that situation.
The Steelers will be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a third straight week, with Charlie Batch getting the call under center. Pittsburgh is hoping to hold its ninth opponent this season to 20 points or less, while gaining revenge from an earlier 13-10 loss as three-point home underdogs in this series on Nov. 18. Head coach Mike Tomlin will look to improve to 24-10 against AFC North opponents during the regular season.
Baltimore owns the NFL’s longest home winning streak with 15 straight victories, while winning 23 of its last 24 home games overall. The Ravens have won four games in a row, including a 16-13 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers as one-point road favorites last year. Quarterback Joe Flacco has done his best work in front of the home fans this year, averaging 322.4 passing yards and throwing for 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Baltimore is 8-7 ATS in division games the last two-plus years, with the UNDER going 10-7 in that situation.
The Ravens have a 32-5 record at home during the John Harbaugh era, which is tied for the best mark in the NFL since 2008 with the New England Patriots. Baltimore earned a 23-20 win over Pittsburgh in its last game hosting this series on Nov. 6, 2011, which went OVER the posted total of 41.5. Offensively, the team will face a formidable unit, as Pittsburgh leads the league in allowing just 257.2 yards per game, while sitting atop the AFC rankings in surrendering 19.1 points per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Steelers due to their 10-2 ATS mark after a SU loss, while the Ravens are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
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