Thursday night’s NFL game is one of the top rivalry games in all of professional football. Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a must win situation.
Baltimore is 0 and 3 so far this season. The NFL week 3 spread has the visiting Raves as 2.5-point favorites over the Steelers due to Big Ben’s untimely MCL sprain last Sunday.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 29, 2015
The Ravens were one of the favorites to not only win the AFC North Division but to also win the AFC Conference before the season started. The thinking was that Baltimore would improve after its loss to New England last season and come out this season guns blazing. Going 0 and 4 is not an option for the Ravens.
Betting The Baltimore Ravens Vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 4 Spread
What: Baltimore Ravens (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
When: Thursday, October, 1, 2015
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: 61° F / Sprinkles Late
Spread: Ravens -2.5
Moneyline: Baltimore -133 vs Pittsburgh +113
Game Total: 44
Watch: CBS / NFL
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Baltimore vs Pittsburgh
Why Bet On Baltimore (-2.5) to Beat Pittsburgh
Welcome back Michael Vick
Baltimore is a road favorite against Pittsburgh this Thursday even though they are at 0 and 3 while Pittsburgh is at 2 and 1 because the Steelers will be without QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger hurt his knee in the Steelers’ 12 to 6 Week 3 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Without Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh shouldn’t be nearly as effective offensively versus the rival Ravens as they normally would be.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 28, 2015
It’s hard to argue against that belief. Baltimore’s own offense is averaging 282 passing yards a game. With Roethlisberger, the Steelers were averaging 298.7 yards per game. Without Roethlisberger, will Pittsburgh be able to keep up with a team that just scored 24 points versus Cincinnati’s very good defense? That’s the biggest question facing the Pittsburgh offense this week with Michael Vick at the controls. If this turns into a shootout, does Vick have the ability to keep this one close?
Why Bet On Pittsburgh to Beat Baltimore (-2.5)
Ravens can’t rely on Steve Smith to carry the team
The answer to the above question would almost always be a no because Ben Roethlisberger is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Nobody has the ability to keep his team close in a shootout, except for maybe Tom Brady, the way that Ben Roethlisberger does.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 29, 2015
But, here’s the thing about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their back-up QB, Mike Vick, isn’t a bad one. He’s spent a long time in the NFL. He spent a lot of years as a starting quarterback. More importantly, Vick knows what his weaknesses and strengths are. He doesn’t often make a bad decision and being surrounded by skill players is always going to make a QB look better than he really is. Vick is surrounded by more skill players than a lot of combined teams can field.
RBs Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, TE Heath Miller, WRs Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey are all going to help Vick in this game. The offensive line has been great and Vick is mobile. Pittsburgh can upset Baltimore straight up as a home dog.
I am picking the Steelers as the smart NFL bet in this week 4 Thursday Night Football tilt. My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 24.