Steelers Open As 1-Point Road Favorites Over Ravens In Week 4

After suffering their first loss of the 2017 regular season on Sunday at Soldier Field to the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now started preparing to play the Baltimore Ravens this coming Sunday with that game taking place on the road at M&T Bank Stadium. Even though they’ll be the visiting team, the Steelers opened up as one-point road favorites over the 2-1 Ravens, who suffered their first loss of the season Sunday in London, England to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Ravens loss to the Jaguars included quarterback Joe Flacco getting pulled from the game at the end of the third quarter with Baltimore trailing 37-0. He finished the game with just 8 completions for 28 yards on 18 total attempts. He also threw two interceptions during the game.

Flacco, who missed all four of the Ravens preseason games this year due to a back problem, has now completed 42 of his 69 total pass attempts on the season for 366 yards with three touchdown passes and four interceptions. The Ravens quarterback has also been sacked five times so far in the team’s first three games.

While the Ravens defense played very well in their first two games of the season, Sunday in London they allowed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to complete 20 of his 31 total pass attempts in the game for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those four scoring tosses went to tight end Marcedes Lewis. The Ravens defense also failed to register a sack in their game against Jaguars after notching eight quarterback take-downs in their first two regular season games. The Jaguars offense also rushed for 166 yards against the Ravens defense in their big win.

To add insult to injury, the Ravens also suffered yet another key injury against the Jaguars as defensive end Brent Urban will now need surgery after suffering a Lisfranc foot injury in Sunday’s game. With Urban now sidelined, Ravens will now likely turn to second-year defensive end Bronson Kaufusi and/or third-round rookie Chris Wormley to take his spot in the defense. Kaufusi and Wormley have both yet to dress for a game this season.

The Steelers have lost their last four games to the Ravens in Baltimore with their last win in the Charmed City coming in December of 2012. That 23-20 win included then-Steelers-kicker Shaun Suisham hitting a 42-yard field goal as time expired. Charlie Batch was the Steelers quarterback in that game due to Ben Roethlisberger being sidelined with an injury. Batch completed 25 of his 36 total pass attempts in that game for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Flacco, the losing quarterback in that game, completed 16 of his 34 total pass attempts for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Steelers defense also sacked Flacco three times in that game

The Steelers are 9-12 all-time against the Ravens in Baltimore dating back to 1996. Roethlisberger’s last win against the Ravens in Baltimore came in December of 2010.

Assuming Sunday’s game doesn’t ultimately end in a tie, the winner of this upcoming Week 4 division matchup will take control of the AFC North with a 3-1 record. The two teams won’t meet again until Week 14 of the regular season and that game will take place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Since the line opened, the Steelers are now favored between 2.5 and 3-points over the Ravens.

  • Chris92021

    Oh perfect.

  • Jason

    Currently Steelers -2.5

  • DarthYinzer

    Just as long as it does’nt creep up to 7+….

  • Dan

    Surely they won’t fall asleep vs. Baltimore…right?

  • nutty32

    wow. must be some early HEAVY betting on Pitt to move the line 2 pt. so soon. Mobsters must know something…
    The fix is in?

  • How can this team be favored over anyone? They just got beat by 1 & 1/2 running backs, no QB, no WRs, no TEs, and a 2nd team offensive line.

  • MC

    This is gonna be a tough game regardless of how Ravens performed against the Jags.
    Im just hoping Haley brings a better plan and Ben executes better.
    Establish the run and throw more out of heavier formations to catch them off guard especially with playaction. Going 5 wide all the time takes all the unpredictability out of the calls.

  • nutty32

    Ravens usually leave the middle of the field open against us and protect everything else & the run; make Ben hold the ball. Hopefully, Haley has an answer and/or moves AB & MB around a bit.

  • John Smith

    hahahhahahahha what a joke. We haven’t won in M&T in years, and it aint starting not

  • Kick

    Problem with sky high expectations is that you have to meet them or even a good season seems like a failure.

  • MC

    I’ll be looking for big games out of James/McDonald and Juju then.

  • 太阳三联

    It’s like we just don’t have that magic yet.

  • nutty32

    Ladarius Green’s brain exploded…..we might be doomed!

  • Pat Knotts

    We better not play like crap or we will get our azz kicked.

  • gdeuce

    this is the game for the offence to come alive, and one of our CBs will get an interception

  • Bill

    It’s an away game isn’t it! But it is the Ravens. Which Steeler team will show up? The Ravens don’t have the personnel especially on offense, but they are better coached. To me, Steelers by a hair.

  • pcantidote

    I’m much more interested in what the Steelers do during the national anthem, but if we have to talk about the game then I’d say the 1 point spread is a reality check. Baltimore just got destroyed by a very average team and the world is telling us that they see us pretty much on par with them.


    Ravens win 38-13
    Comment section will be
    Flooded with
    “Fire tomlin, haley, butler”

  • Ralph Wagner

    Agree,,,,I was wondering the same thing.

  • MattHat121

    Haven’t won in BAL since 2012. BAL can stop the run and has two good safeties (Weddle, Jefferson) to roam and cover. Ben will need to be at his best, on the road.


  • Rocksolid20

    No QB you say ? He is 2-0 against the Steelers and one
    was at our place .

  • Rocksolid20

    You are correct my friend .No solidarity , OH wait
    no that’s another subject .

  • Rocksolid20

    That’s right , our 30 point a game offense .

  • Rotten Sircus

    As long as We don’t let Alex Collins run all over us …the ravens probably think after the Bears game they’ll beat us with the run ! I know they don’t have the receivers to beat us deep but with Flaccos back injury I can’t see them going deep on us !!! I hope Tomlin makes the defense run tackling drills All Week ( SERIOUSLY )

  • Douglas Andrews

    Oh boy the jinx is on now

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m tired of all the Steelers hate by these people……..they are way, way off base. We will win by two!

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    We are also 1-12 at solider field too

  • Sri N

    Glad we can go back to talking about football – frankly I need the escape from all the political theatre.

  • Rick McClelland

    Really? 1 point favorites after that abysmal failure in Chicago? The Steelers are not favorites to win anywhere on the planet until they quit talking about political crap and start talking about being prepared to win football games. Which Steelers are showing up? Totally prepared or Tomlin took us all to playland to help us feel better?
    We need 53 players who are going to attack on both sides of the ball for 60 minutes or what we’re going to end up with is T-Sizzle and company ripping the cojones out of the Steelers.

  • Nolrog

    Ugh. I hate going against a division opponent after they got embarrassed like that. Though we could certainly say the score is even in that respect.

  • Nolrog

    Because the odds makers know that the Steelers are a good team and Tomlin is good for 1 or 2 losses like that every year.

  • John Smith

    lmao ok

  • Grant Humphrey

    Literally means absolutely nothing and Sunday’s game just showed that.