The AFC North crown is at stake when rivals Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Day. The Week 16 Pittsburgh vs Baltimore NFL line favors the Steelers by 5.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 25th at 4:30 PM ET on NFL Network from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Baltimore Ravens Vs Pittsburgh Steelers Line, Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
What: Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
When: Sunday, December 25, 2016
Start Time: 4:30 PM ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Spread: Steelers -5.5
Moneyline: Baltimore +205 vs Pittsburgh -255
Game Total: 44.5
Watch: NFL Network
Stream: NFL Network
Listen: Baltimore vs Pittsburgh
Why Bet The Baltimore Ravens To Beat The Steelers
The Ravens beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-26 last week and improved to 8-6 SU and 6-8 ATS this season. A win over the Steelers will give them top spot in the AFC North by virtue of a tie-breaker. They average 21.9 points per game (19th) and allow 18.8 points per game (7th).
Baltimore averages 256.5 passing yards per game (11th). QB Joe Flacco completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against Philadelphia.
"When you dream of being in the NFL, you dream of going into hostile environments in high-pressure situations, where a lot is on the line and people are into it," Flacco said about playing in Pittsburgh. "You do not picture playing in front of 10 people, like you do in high school for some of us. You picture going into a place and playing in front of 70,000 people that hate you. That is what makes it fun."
WR Mike Wallace (64 rec, 963 yards, 4 TDs) needs 37 yards to get to 1000-yard mark for the first time since 2011. He will also face his former team. The Ravens average 90.6 rushing yards per game (28th). RB Terrance West (178 car, 729 yards, 5 TDs) is having the best year of his career.
The Ravens have the 5th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 231.0 passing yards per game (10th) and 82.1 rushing yards per game (2nd). Baltimore has recorded 30 sacks this season (17th). Zachary Orr has 124 tackles, and Terrell Suggs has 8.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Ravens
The Steelers have won five in a row. They are 9-5 SU and 9-5 ATS this season. They average 24.2 points per game (13th) and allow 19.7 points per game (9th).
Pittsburgh averages 262.9 passing yards per game (5th). QB Ben Roethlisberger (3540 yards, 26 TDs & 11 INTs) had a decent game in the 24-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Ben completed 21 of 36 for 286 yards and one touchdown. WR Antonio Brown (96 car, 1188 yards, 11 TDs) is second in the NFL touchdown receptions. Only Jordy Nelson from the Packers has more. The Steelers average 111.7 rushing yards per game (12th). RB Le’Veon Bell (241 car, 1146 yards, 6 TDs) expected to have a better game than the one he had in Baltimore in the first meeting of the season. Bell ran for 32 yards on 14 carries back in week nine.
Pittsburgh has the 8th best total defense in the NFL. The Steelers give up 245.0 passing yards per game (13th) and 89.1 rushing yards per game (5th). They have sacked opposite quarterbacks 32 times this season (12th). Lawrence Timmons leads the team with 98 tackles and James Harrison with 5.0 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Baltimore is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
- Baltimore is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Baltimore is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Baltimore is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Baltimore is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Baltimore is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
This is the best game of the weekend, with the most at stake. The Steelers will win, but covering the 5.5-point won’t be easy.
My final score prediction is Baltimore 19, Pittsburgh 23.