So, you are one of the people who suggest the Pittsburgh Steelers never play well when they are heavy favorites to win, especially on the road. Well, I have some good news for you as the team prepares for the Week 9 showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Steelers are early road underdogs in this divisional game.
Early lines for the game have the Ravens as 3-point favorites, per BookMaker. The 3-point spread is typical for the home team, but also shows just how important Ben Roethlisberger is to the Steelers, especially to Las Vegas.
Roethlisberger’s status is certainly up-in-the-air as he is still returning from a torn meniscus in Week 6 against the Dolphins, and the team comes off the bye week. But until his status becomes more clear, expect the Ravens to continue to be home favorites in this contest.
Yes, the team who has lost four straight football games, and has been dealing with a nasty rash of injuries to players like Marshall Yanda and Terrell Suggs, is expected to win the game, but Vegas knows how to swing money to one side or another.
The Steelers have struggled in Baltimore the past several years, but if you believe Roethlisberger is going to play, and the Steelers are going to win, you might want to jump at this early line with the Steelers receiving points, something which hasn’t happened often in 2016, before the line changes.