Ravens vs Steelers: One of the NFL’s greatest rivalries is renewed on “Sunday Night Football” when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff from Heinz Field is slated for 8:20 p.m. ET. Utilizing a high-powered offense, the Steelers have Super Bowlaspirations.
The Ravens, who have shown early season fireworks on both sides of the ball, have gotten huge lifts from under-the-radar players to put them atop the AFC North standings. The line has held steady with the Steelers as three-point home favorites. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has inched down from 51 to 50.5.
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Before you make any Steelers vs. Ravens picks, check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say. Their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
It also nailed its two top-rated picks in Week 3, including the Ravens (-5.5) against the Broncos. It’s now 7-2 on top-rated picks this season, extending its run to 55-36.
Now, the computer has simulated Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh 10,000 times to produce strong picks against the spread and Over-Under. We can tell you it’s leaning toward the Under, but its bold point-spread pick that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations can be found only over at SportsLine.
The model has factored in Joe Flacco’s impressive start. Over his first three games, the veteran quarterback is completing 64 percent of his passes for 889 yards and six touchdowns. He has established an incredible rapport with a trio of receivers, including John Brown, the Ravens’ best vertical threat. He’s averaging 18.5 yards per catch and hit pay dirt twice.
And not surprisingly, Terrell Suggs is tops on the team in sacks. Now in his 16th season, the durable linebacker helped secure the win against Denver with 1.5 quarterback takedowns.
Just because the Ravens are atop the AFC North and have looked impressive thus far doesn’t mean they’ll keep it within a field goal on “Sunday Night Football.”
Now in his 15th season, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is starting to heat up. Against the Buccaneers, he was on fire, completing 79 percent of his passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, he’s racked up 1,140 passing yards and seven scores. Running back James Conner has filled in exceptionally well in place of Le’Veon Bell, who is still holding out. Conner is averaging 71 ground yards per game and has 15 receptions for 139 yards and three scores.
Pittsburgh might boast the best wideout duo in the league with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Brown has collected 210 receiving yards and two scores, while Smith-Schuster is among the NFL leaders in yardage with 356. His vertical burst is one of the league’s best, which allows him to blow by safeties in coverage.