Thursday Night Football Top Betting Trends To Know – Steelers Vs. Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Top Betting Trends To Know

Thursday Night Football Top Betting Trends To Know – Steelers Vs. Ravens

Yes, it is only Week 2 of the 2014 NFL betting season, but the Baltimore Ravens already face their first must win game of the season against heated AFC North conference rivals the Steelers.

Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Baltimore Ravens
Spread: Ravens -2½ -125
Total: 44.5
Kickoff: Thursday Sept 11th 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS/NFL Network

The Ravens are hosting their second consecutive game to begin 2014 and already 0-1 after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals by a final score of 23-16. The Steelers escaped with a 30-27 victory over a Cleveland Browns after cruising to a comfortable lead in the first half only to have the Browns come back to tie the game late.

It’s always a big game when it comes to these two teams, packed with emotion. But the matchup here Thursday night comes amid the continuing after-shocks that have rocked the Ravens and the NFL from the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

The NFL and the Ravens are on the defensive for their handling of the matter, which came to a head Monday when Baltimore released its star running back and the league suspended him indefinitely. The moves came hours after a video posted on TMZ.com showed Rice knocking his wife out inside an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Top Betting Trends To Know

  • Since 1996, when they met for the first time, the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the all-time series against the Baltimore Ravens 23 wins to 16.
  • Nine of the last ten regular-season games in this rivalry have been decided by three points or fewer, including the last five in a row that were decided by three points or less.
  • QB Joe Flacco is 11-1 in September with his only loss coming against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has compiled a 3-0 home record as a starter on Thursday night. Since Flacco entered the league in 2008, the Ravens are 39-10 at M&T Bank Stadium, the second-best home record (New England, 42-6) in the NFL during that span.
  • Flacco is 6-6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and has thrown 13 TDs and 5 INTs in the series.
  • With Ray Rice out of the picture, the Baltimore Ravens need to find a steady running back to fill the hole so the team can find a balance. Joe Flacco threw a weekend league-high 62 passes in week one.
  • Since 2009, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ranks first in the league with 1,784 passing yards on Thursdays. He has a 6-3 overall record in Thursday night with 12 TDs and 4 INTs.
  • Roethlisberger has an 8-6 record against the Baltimore Ravens with 21 TDs thrown and 15 INTs.
  • Roethlisberger has a 96-47 (.671) regular-season record as a starter, 3rd-best win pct. among active NFL QBs (min. ten starts)
  • Steelers tight end Heath Miller has been a consistent target for Roethlisberger on Thursdays, recording the most receptions (34) and the seventh-most receiving yards (360) in the NFL over the past five seasons on Thursdays.
  • The Steelers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six vs. AFC North. They covered both games against the Ravens in 2013.
  • The Ravens have won eight of the last 11 games in the series played at M&T Stadium, but the Steelers have covered the spread in five of the last six visits.
  • Baltimore is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home, but they have only covered the spread in one of the last five games at home.
  • The Ravens have covered the spread in one of their last six Thursday Night games and only in two of the last seven games where they were listed as favorites.
  • Baltimore is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in September.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Baltimore’s last 11 games at home and four of the last five games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2.5 point road favorites Vs. Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football live on CBS and NFL Network.
Starts: 09/11/2014 8:20PM
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St.
Baltimore, Maryland