Football betting handicappers will have their choice of two of the leading favorites to win the AFC and two of the top defensive clubs in football gambling.
Sports-Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 1.5 point home favorite and with an over/under of 34.5. Kickoff is at 1:05 PM Eastern and CBS will telecast the game.
The Baltimore Ravens have a NFL betting record of 2-1 straight up but just 1-2 against the spread with 2 of the games going under the total. Baltimore has the top ranked defense in football but quarterback Joe Flacco continues to get worse in his 3rd year as a pro with a 66.3 QB rating and 4/5 touchdown/interception ratio.
The vaunted Baltimore ground attack ranks only 23rd and feature back Ray Rice is questionable for this game due to a knee injury. The Ravens spent money to acquire game breaker weapons for Flacco and the results are frustrating to say the least.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a perfect NFL gambling record of 3-0 both straight up and against the spread despite being without their top two quarterbacks all year. Charlie Batch is expected to start for the second time after leading Pittsburgh to victory last week at Tampa Bay.
The defense ranks 6th in yards allowed and 1st in points permitted and the ground game ranks 3rd best in the NFL as Rashard Mendenhall has 332 yards already.
The Ravens are 7-2 against the spread as dogs of a field goal or less but have gotten the money in just 2 out of their last 9 games that follow a straight up win. Baltimore has gone over the total in just 4 out of their last 15 games overall.
Pittsburgh has covered just 3 out of their last 17 games as a home favorite of a field goal or less and has gone over the total in 20 out of their last 29 games in the AFC. These two defensive oriented teams have gone under the football betting total in just 1 out of their last 8 meetings in the ultimate contrarian setup.
The chalk has covered just 1 out of the last 6 meetings in this series.