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Steelers open as 3.5-point favorites over Ravens in Week 18

Here’s a first look at the odds on the board for the Steelers Week 18 matchup against the Ravens.

Zay Flowers #4 of the Baltimore Ravens in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on October 8, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed out to face their AFC North Rival, the Baltimore Ravens, to close out the 2023 NFL season. The Ravens are coming off a dominant Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins which earned them the No. 1 seed in the AFC, which is good news for the Steelers who need a win and a little bit of help to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Here’s a look at the first odds on the board for Steelers-Ravens in Week 18.

Steelers vs. Ravens Week 18 odds

Point spread: Steelers -3.5
Over/under: 38.5
Moneyline odds: Steelers -180, Ravens +150

The odds for Week 18’s showdown opened with the Steelers as 3.5-point road favorites over the Ravens, a clear indication that oddsmakers are expecting the Ravens to sit their starters for a significant portion of the game, if not keeping them inactive entirely.

Having secured the No. 1 seed in the conference already, there’s nothing left for the Ravens to play for, technically speaking. Meanwhile, they’ve got everything to lose if presumed NFL MVP favorite QB Lamar Jackson were to sustain an injury that could affect his availability in the postseason.

The Ravens’ backup quarterback is Tyler Huntley, who’s started three games against the Steelers in his career, having gone 1-2 in those outings, averaging 119.7 passing yards and having totaled 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in such games. Huntley, like Jackson, is a dual-threat quarterback who the Steelers will need to account for in the run game, which could certainly pose Pittsburgh’s injury-depleted defense a threat. Still, the Steelers are at the very least set up with a platform for success in Week 18.

Pittsburgh’s biggest question ahead of Week 18 might just be who they’ll roll with at quarterback. Veteran Mason Rudolph has excelled in his starts amidst an absence from Kenny Pickett, who’s missed each of the past four weeks with an ankle injury, with the offense having managed their fifth-highest yardage total (468) in Week 18 since Week 12 of the 2018 season. He’s thrown for 564 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over Weeks 16 and 17 for an NFL passer rating of 118.4.

All odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Odds/lines are subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.