The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their second prime-time matchup in as many weeks on Sunday night when they face the Baltimore Ravens, and the good guys still remain 3-point favorites for the game. The opening spread has held true with virtually every online provider, as well as in the Las Vegas sports books, with only of handful of bookmakers offering an extra half-point either way.
The same cannot be said of the totals, however, and the line has continued to climb throughout the week. From an initial offering of 48.5 points, the Over/Under is now as high as 51 points with several online sites and most of the Vegas casinos. Should it stay at this level, it will be the highest totals position for any game between these two teams in their history.
From an early position of +153 to -167, there has been a slight improvement for Pittsburgh backers to a price of +135 to -155. After several key players were noted on the injury reports for both teams throughout the week, it might be worth waiting until the final reports are released on Friday before making any large bets.
According to Oddsshark.com, the Steelers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games and 1-2 on the season. Although the total has gone over in each of their last five games, it has gone under in four of Pittsburgh’s last six against the Ravens. Baltimore is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games at Heinz Field.
With so many weapons available on offense to Ben Roethlisberger each week, picking first touchdown scorers for the Steelers has become increasingly difficult this season. Until a pattern begins to emerge, our preference is to stay away from the top two in the betting in Antonio Brown and James Conner.
We will be looking at James Washington once again in Week 4, with JuJu Smith-Schuster possibly limited by an abdomen injury on Sunday. He should be priced at around 12/1 or better for first game touchdown and around 6/1 or better for first team touchdown.