2013 NFL on CBS Game of the Week odds & Spread: Ravens vs. Steelers Print
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Friday, 18 October 2013 17:00
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Ravens vs. Steelers Odds

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PITTSBURGH, PA (The Spread) – Two bitter rivals that both need a win meet up on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 4:25PM ET on CBS.

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Pittsburgh is 1-4 on the season, 0-2 at home and 1-4 against the spread. Baltimore is 3-3 overall, 1-2 on the road and 3-3 against the spread. The road team has won three straight in this series.

Trends show that the underdog is 8-3-2 against the spread in the last 13 games in this series. These two have hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings and in 7 of their last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Pittsburgh is the slight favorite at home, as the Steelers have odds of -1 point against the Ravens. The over/under total for the game has been set at 41 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Pittsburgh favored by a point. The spread climbed to a peak of 2.5 before falling back to 1. The over/under total for the game opened at 40 points. It made the slow climb to 41 points throughout the week.

The Steelers picked up their first win of the season last week, beating the Jets, 19-6, on the road. The defense hasn’t been a big issue for Pittsburgh all season, allowing just 310.8 yards per game. The issue has come on offense, which has been held below 20 points in three games this season and ranks second to last in the NFL in rushing at just 61 yards per game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,495 yards and six touchdowns to lead the offense while Antonio Brown has 41 receptions for 498 yards and two scores.

The Ravens are coming off a 19-17 loss at home to the Packers. Baltimore has had their last three games decided by 3 points or less. The Ravens’ offense is averaging 335.7 yards per game while the defense is giving up 352.5 yards per contest. Quarterback Joe Flacco is leading the team with 1,702 passing yards with seven touchdowns, but he also has eight interceptions. Torrey Smith has caught 28 passes for 568 yards and one touchdown. The defense is being led by Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks.

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In terms of Injuries, Baltimore receiver Brandon Stokley (groin) and center Ryan Jensen (foot) are both questionable. Pittsburgh linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion) is questionable while receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) is doubtful.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Baltimore, as the Ravens are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of +1 point at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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