Steelers Open As 3.5-Point Home Favorites Over Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers can clinch the AFC North Christmas night with a home win over the Baltimore Ravens and as you would expect, they’re early favorites to do just that.

According to VegasInsider.com, the Steelers opened up as 3.5-point home favorites over the Ravens. That line, however, has quickly moved to the Steelers being favored by 5-points at several sportsbooks.

While the Steelers were busy coming from behind to beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, the Ravens had their hands full at home with the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, the Eagles scored with four seconds left in the game and decided to go for the win by forgoing an extra-point kick in lieu of a two-point conversion try. That pass play failed, however, and the Ravens won the game 27-26.

The Ravens established a 10-point lead over the Eagles with 11:06 left in the fourth quarter thanks to a 16-yard touchdown run by Baltimore running back Kenneth Dixon. While it took the Eagles some time to respond, they ultimately ended the game with 9 unanswered points.

In the win, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed just 16 of his 30 total pass attempts in the game for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His scoring tosses went to wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken from 34 and 5 yards out, respectively. The Ravens also rushed for 151 yards against the Eagles.

While the Ravens defense held Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to only 170 yards passing during the game, they did allow Philadelphia running back Ryan Mathews to rush for 128 yards and a score.

The Ravens, who beat the Steelers 21-14 in Baltimore back in Week 9, last lost to Pittsburgh in 2014. That game was played at Heinz Field and featured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing six touchdown passes.

The Steelers might be forced to play the Ravens Christmas night without defensive end Stephon Tuitt and tight end Ladarius Green. Tuitt suffered a right knee injury early in the team’s Sunday win over the Bengals while Green suffered a concussion late in the contest. Tuitt is undergoing an MRI on his injured knee on Monday while Green is currently in concussion protocol.

The over/under for Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Ravens opened at 41-points. As far as the early weather forecast goes for Sunday night, rain showers are currently expected in the evening becoming more intermittent overnight. A low temperature of 44F is currently forecasted and there’s a 50% chance of rain.

  • nutty32

    Ladrius Green loss is going to be huge. He was brought in to be the Ravens killer & their umbrella D…

  • Orlysteel

    The Ravens have had our number for quite a few games now, now it’s our time to kill the Ravens, with Green or without him, they are a mediocre team against most teams, but when they play the Steelers they take it to another level, think Harbaugh has been out coaching us and the buck has to stop on Christmas.

  • srdan

    Sounds like an AFC N line. This has to be the easiest division in football to set the line for.

    3pts ….. bam

  • SwagDaddy330

    Right? Set the line at 2.5-3.5 and the over/under at 40

  • nutty32

    I’m predicting a Steelers’ blow out – it’s about time one of these breaks the mold & both the Steelers & Ravens are due for a Raven’s butt kicking in Pittsburgh on Xmas. Ravens will be crushed by the 3rd Quarter.

  • Zarbor

    If this game comes down to 3 points, I don’t like our chances. We need to beat these Batbirds like they stole something. Run them off the field. Tired of losing to these purple punks.

  • Zarbor

    I was predicting a blow out in the last Ravens game. Not going to do it this time but if they know what’s good for this Steelers team, they better not let it be close. Time to kick some bird hiney.

  • John Phillips

    Anyone know if Smith Sr. is out ?

  • Jason

    Why would he be? Jimmy Smith is injured but I’m unaware of a Steve Smith injury

  • ATL96STEELER

    My thoughts…yes, big loss on Green, but the Steelers win and they cover the 3.5 ( I think they win by 6 to 10)…IF and this is important because Haley has not really solved the Ravens DEF recently.

    Repeat IF, Haley breaks some tendencies and start featuring some players not named A. Brown or Bell early in the game. The Ravens are not going to let Brown and Bell beat them….certainly not early.

    Rogers, James, Hamilton, Coates, Nix, Johnson…all need to factor in this game fairly early…if they do they will go north of 24 points in this game and Bell and AB will still get theirs.

    If he brings out the same stuff and formations they have seen 1000 times on tape, they are still good enough on DEF to stop it. I still think PIT will win because their DEF is better now than it was in week 9 and if I remember the DEF gave up only the 1 long TD in that one.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Here we go again… Steelers and Ravens for the division. On Christmas night no less.. Steelers in all black unis for the first time in our history! They are going to look sick! What a situation we are in. We lose, we could be out of the playoffs (depending if Ravens and Dolphins lose week 17). We win, we win the division and play at home with even possibly getting a number 2 seed (first round bye) if the Raiders and Chiefs lose out (but I doubt it). We can’t lose again to these ratbirds. They swept us last year and could do it again. That would ruin my xmas man. Can’t happen. Can’t happen. Hey yo Santa, all i want for xmas is a Steeler win!!!…here we go.

  • RickM

    That is a lot of early money on Pittsburgh. Hope the bettors are right.