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The Baltimore Ravens (4-4) will try to end their two-game skid and move closer to the AFC North lead on Sunday when they host the rival Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1) as small home favorites at sportsbooks.
The Ravens were considered the best team in the division just two weeks ago, but consecutive losses and a three-game winning streak for the Steelers has switched things up atop the standings heading into Week 9
NFL point spread: The Ravens opened as three-point favorites; the total was 48 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will face their biggest challenge of the season. And it appears they will go into the game mostly healthy. The team got together for practice on Wednesday and the only player out due to a significant injury was cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.
The good news is offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert returned to practice and seems to be good to go after missing last week’s game with a knee injury. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took his normal vet Wednesday off but is dealing with a fractured index finger on his non-throwing hand. With Sensabaugh out, Artie Burns was let out of HC Mike Tomlin’s doghouse and took most of the first-team reps.
Pittsburgh is preparing to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday with a chance to extend their lead in the AFC North. The Ravens beat the Steelers earlier in the season so the Steelers are looking for some payback.As much as we’d all like to sit around and enjoy last week’s game, this is no time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to get complacent. After beating the Cleveland Browns at home the sledding gets much tougher for Pittsburgh with a road tilt against the Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh is one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now but that doesn’t help us sleep at night when it’s Ravens week
Pittsburgh has won three of the past four meetings with Baltimore, with the lone loss during that stretch coming in Week 4 at home this season. The Steelers lost that game 26-14 as three-point favorites, with running back James Conner rushing for just 19 yards on nine carries.
There has not been much news on the Le’Veon Bell front following the trade deadline, so it looks like the team will continue to ride Conner for the time being. Conner’s strong play since that loss has been one of the main reasons for the turnaround, with him averaging 122.3 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
This is a must-win for Baltimore’s playoff chances since another setback would put the team below the .500 mark in a competitive conference. Last year, the Ravens missed the postseason with a 9-7 mark, and a tie-breaking scenario for a Wild Card berth could be in play this season too.
Regardless, they have gone 16-6 straight up in their last 22 divisional home games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and defensively shut down Pittsburgh the first time around. If the Ravens can hold the Steelers in check offensively again, they will have a great chance to win and cover the spread again.