Ravens vs. Steelers 2023 NFL Week 5 Odds, Preview & Pick
Another pivotal AFC North rivalry is underway, as the Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. The Ravens currently have sole possession of first place in the division, while the Steelers and the rest of Baltimore’s rivals all took a tumble this past weekend. Will Pittsburgh be able to defend its home field, or will it be the Ravens who keep trending upward in their tight division race?
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Ravens vs. Steelers Game Information
Red hot in the red zone pic.twitter.com/zQQLVpfxvU— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 3, 2023
- When: Sunday, October 8, 2023. 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 98 Rock WIYY (Ravens) // WDVE 102.5 FM (Steelers)
- Live Stream: NFL+
- NFL Odds: Ravens (-3.5) // Steelers (+3.5)
Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss in Indy, the Baltimore Ravens took out their frustrations onto the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Baltimore prevented Cleveland from reaching the end zone this past Sunday, with their dominant 28-3 win enough to take full control of the AFC North’s top spot.
Former league MVP Lamar Jackson is living up to the lofty contract extension he was given by the Ravens this offseason. Jackson scored four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) while also throwing just four incompletions for 186 passing yards to go 27 more rushing yards. All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews continues to be the team’s best aerial threat, as Andrews hauled in both of Lamar’s TD throws and finished with five catches for 80 receiving yards.
And despite having a laundry list of injuries on defense, the Ravens still managed to hold the Bengals to a single field goal in Week 4. Five cornerbacks on the team’s roster are still found on this week’s injury report, yet the Ravens have just proven against Cincinnati that it can weather the storm undermanned, especially against a sputtering Steelers offense ahead.
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ two-game win streak heading into Week 4 a mere mirage? Pittsburgh came out totally flat this past Sunday and was humbled by a rising Houston Texans squad, 30-6. That’s the second time that the Steelers failed to score more than seven points in a contest, further raising questions about Kenny Pickett’s viability as their franchise quarterback.
Pickett threw for only 114 passing yards in the loss, and there’s even more bad news for the local Pitt product as a knee injury knocked him out of Sunday’s game late in the third quarter. The Steelers are in trouble if backup QB Mitch Trubisky is forced to start in Week 5. Thankfully, running back Najee Harris just had his best showing of the season on the ground, gaining 71 rushing yards on 14 carries (5.1 YPC).
Just like the Ravens, the Steelers are also dealing with some health issues in defense but it’s not as rough as Baltimore’s predicament. Then again, there’s only so much that former DPOY T.J. Watt (six sacks; tied for the most in the NFL this season) can do on his own for Pittsburgh’s once-feared D, as this unit has given up 30 points to an opponent on two occasions already.
Ravens vs. Steelers Betting Trends
- Baltimore is 4-2 in the last six road games (SU/ATS).
- The Ravens are 2-4 in its last six outings against the AFC North (4-2 ATS).
- The totals went under in eight of Baltimore’s last 10 games on the road.
- Pittsburgh is 5-3 in the last eight home games (SU/ATS).
- The Steelers are 5-1 in its last six matchups against the Ravens (4-2 ATS).
- The totals went under in each of the last five meetings between these two division rivals.
Ravens vs. Steelers Expert Betting Predictions
Even though the trends would suggest that the Steelers have gotten the better of the Ravens lately, Baltimore is simply the better team with a better quarterback at the helm. Jackson is playing like his former MVP self and his prowess should be enough for the Ravens to cover the spread with a win as road underdogs against a Steelers offense dealing with key injuries not just to Pickett, but also to starting tight end Pat Freiermuth, who’ll be out for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury.
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