Our next betting picks, and prediction preview takes us to the AFC North for a classic rivalry in a clash between the Baltimore Ravens (8-4, 4-2 Away) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7, 2-3 Home). Kickoff in this Week 14 matchup is scheduled for 1:00 pm from Acrisure Stadium and will be broadcast on CBS.
This is one of those classic NFL matchups and the first of two head-to-head meetings between these divisional foes this season. A quick look at the NFL and Baltimore Ravens standings finds the Ravens in first place in the AFC North, with the Steelers sitting three games back with five to play. Continue reading for our Ravens vs Steelers betting picks.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
- Time: 1:00 pm.
- Venue: Acrisure Stadium
- Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- How to Watch: CBS
This is the second year in a row that the NFL schedule-makers have made fans wait for one of the fiercest rivalries in the league to unfold on the field. Last year, the Steelers and Ravens didn’t square off until Week 13, and this year it’s even one week later.
Pittsburgh has won four in a row in the series, including a three-point overtime win in last year’s regular-season finale to secure the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC. Baltimore played that game without Lamar Jackson under center, and a similar scenario could present itself this weekend in the Steel City.
Baltimore Ravens Performance Recap and Analysis
It wasn’t pretty, but the Ravens found themselves in the win column in Week 13, surviving an upset bid from the Denver Broncos and escaping with a 10-9 victory at home. Tyler Huntley scored from two yards out to give Baltimore the lead with 28 seconds remaining and then held their breath as a Brandon McManus 63-yard potential game-winning field goal fell short with time expiring, according to NFL player stats.
The Ravens won but failed to cover as 8.5-point favorites, and the game went well under the posted total of 40.5. It was the second straight week a Ravens game ended with a one-point margin, but this time they were on the right side after watching the Jaguars come from behind the week prior.
The NFL injury report is highlighted by Lamar Jackson, who left the Broncos win with a knee injury. The Ravens’ quarterback is considered week-to-week, and though it’s unlikely he will play against the Steelers, the injury is not considered season-ending.
Jimmy Garoppolo got similar news in San Francisco though Jackson should see the field first between the two. This is something to keep in mind when making Ravens vs Steelers betting picks.
JK Dobbins, meanwhile, could be activated off the IR in order to return to live action this week. The second-year running back, who missed his entire rookie campaign, has not played since Week 6 and has only played in four games this season, dealing with knee issues.
Betting Trends to Know
The Ravens are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in Week 14 and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games in December. Also, Huntley is 3-1 ATS as a starter in his career, helping the Ravens move up the NFL standings.
Pittsburgh Steelers Performance Recap and Analysis
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won two in a row and three of their last four to climb within two games of .500, an unlikely probability after winning just two of their first eight games to start the season. Their only loss during this stretch came to the red-hot Bengals, and they’ll return home to Pittsburgh after winning back-to-back games on the road in Indy and Atlanta.
As we take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule, three of their final five games will come against divisional opponents, with two against these Ravens in a four-week span before the finale against the Browns on January 8.
Mike Tomlin’s streak of consecutive seasons finishing .500 or better is certainly up in the air, but the fiery coach has his team playing much better as of late.
The Steelers are relatively healthy heading into NFL Week 14 but do have some players worth monitoring as the week progresses. TJ Watt, Larry Ogunjobi, and Chukwuma Okorafor will all be limited this week but are expected to suit up Sunday.
Cornerback William Jackson III and kicker Chris Boswell are also eligible to come off the IR this week, so if they’re healthy enough, they would both give this team a boost.
Betting Trends to Know
The Steelers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and the Under is 7-2 in the Steelers’ last nine home games, according to NFL team stats.
Ravens vs. Steelers Odds
The Steelers have been installed as 2.5-point favorites in this Week 14 matchup with a moneyline of -150. The NFL odds have the point total at 37.
Ravens vs. Steelers Betting Picks
Moneyline (PIT -150)
The Steelers are playing tough, gritty football right now, and the Ravens are ripe for the picking with Jackson on the shelf. Huntley has the experience, but TJ Watt is a difference-maker in the W/L column, and this team will be motivated at home against their biggest rival.
Over/Under (Under 37)
Admittedly, this is a low total. In fact, it’s the lowest on the Week 14 slate. But this will be a smash-mouth run-first battle that will likely come down to the final quarter, tightly contested throughout.
Spread (Pit -2.5)
Our Ravens vs Steelers betting picks see the Steelers winning and covering in a low-scoring affair that will tighten up this division as they come down the final stretch.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Score Prediction
The Steelers will win this game 17-14.
NFL Pick: Steelers (-145)