Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens – Thursday, Sept.11
It is only Week 2 of the new NFL regular season and the Baltimore Ravens could be facing a must-win situation this Thursday night when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a classic AFC North rivalry game. BetAnySports has opened the Steelers as slight 2.5-point road underdogs on its opening NFL betting odds and the total for the game has been set at 44.
Pittsburgh appeared to be cruising to an easy victory against Cleveland this past Sunday as a 5.5-point home favorite in its season opener, but it had to eventually sweat-out a 30-27 win that went right down to the wire. The total easily went OVER the 41.5-point closing line and it has now gone OVER in five of the Steelers last six games.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards while completing 23-of-34 attempts and running back Le’Veon Bell added another 109 yards and a score on the ground on 21 carries. The big question mark heading into Thursday’s matchup is which Pittsburgh defense is going to show up? The one that held the Browns to three points in the first half or the one that gave-up 24 points in the final two quarters.
Baltimore got off to a painfully slow start in its 23-16 loss to Cincinnati on opening day. It closed as a one-point favorite at home and the total stayed UNDER the 43.5-point line. After falling behind 15-0 on five Bengals’ field goals, the Ravens battled back to a one-point lead only to let it slip away on a 77-yard touchdown throw from Andy Dalton to AJ Green.
Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco put the ball up 62 times and he completed 35 passes for 345 yards and a score on an 80-yard pass play to Steve Smith. Baltimore’s Justin Forsett added 70 yards on the ground on 11 carries including a 13-yard run for a touchdown early in the second half to finally put his team on the board.
When you think of this rivalry in the past, you would probably expect another grinder that ends with both teams struggling to score points, but given what we saw from each team’s quarterback as well as its defense, I am going OVER BetAnySports’ 44-point total line as my official pick in this game.
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