NFL Betting Preview: Steelers vs. Ravens – January 8, 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) and the Baltimore Ravens (8-8) square off at M&T Bank Stadium for an AFC North regular-season finale. The Steelers picked up a win in Big Ben’s final game at Heinz Field 26-14, while the Ravens fell victim to a come from behind victory by the Rams 20-19. 

Playoff hopes will be on the line as both teams need a win in the finale to have a chance for postseason play. For that reason, let’s dive into this matchup and check out which has the best shot to win on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Must-Win Game for Steelers in Big Ben’s Last Game

The Steelers will not be repeating as the AFC North champions in 2021, but they still have an outside chance at making the AFC playoffs as a wild card team. They got a huge emotional win in their last matchup and completely dominated the Browns. Additionally, Mike Tomlin clinched 15th straight season without a losing record.

On Monday, the Steelers made Cleveland look silly in the 26-14 win. The defense played tremendously, providing five sacks on the night and picking off Baker Mayfield twice in the victory. In addition, they were able to hold the offense to 232 yards, including an ugly 42% completion percentage from Baker Mayfield. 

Offensively, Big Ben finished with just 123 yards in his final start at Heinz Field but did throw a touchdown in the win. In addition to securing 26 points on the night, running back Najee Harris stole the show as he totaled over 200 scrimmage yards and a score. The rookie now ranks fourth in the league in rushing while breaking the Steelers rookie rushing mark with 1,055 yards on the year. 

Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview: Ravens Look to Break Five-Game Skid

The Baltimore Ravens entered week 12 sitting at 8-3 and were almost certain to make the playoffs if they won a game or two. Unfortunately, they’ve lost their last five games and have to get a ton of help to make the playoffs. 

The Ravens had a rough night as they led the Rams through three quarters, but ultimately gave up 13 points in the fourth to seal their fifth straight loss. However, the defense played a huge role in keeping the team in the game as they forced three turnovers. Chuck Clark had a monster game as he intercepted two passes on the night and returned one for a touchdown. Overall, the unit ranks 25th in total defense (369.3), but holds opponents to 84.8 yards on the ground and allows 23.5 points per game.

Tyler Huntley got the start for the injured Lamar Jackson and had a tough time hanging in the pocket as he was sacked five times and finished with 197 yards and an interception. The Ravens did collect 165 yards on the ground and averaged a fifth-ranked 139.4 yards per game.

Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Ravens as the -5 home favorite with the point total set at 42. 

Free Betting Pick

The Ravens and the Steelers square off one more time, and I like the Baltimore Ravens in this matchup. I know that the Ravens are on a five-game skid right now, but I think the Ravens are the better overall. They aren’t playing bad football as four of their last five losses have been by two points or less.

Despite being 0-5 in their last five games ATS the Ravens are 4-1 as home favorites this year against the spread, with their lone loss coming against the Packers. The Steelers were 3-4 ATS as road underdogs in 2021, and the Ravens should run the ball down Pittsburgh’s throats as they are giving up almost 140 yards per game. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Ravens -5

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