Ben, the Steelers have found what they were looking for
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Ben, you’re always running here and there, but you’ve got a place to go and that’s under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 6th at M&T Bank Stadium. And here are the online NFL betting odds for that game:
Steelers +3 (-125) 43 (-110)
The Steelers (4-3) wished they had had a friend like Ben when they lost to the New England Patriots about a week and a half ago. Backup Landry Jones made his third career start and went 29 of 47 for 281 yards with one TD pass to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and one interception. Running back Le’Veon Bell had 81 yards on 21 carries and 68 yards on ten receptions, and wide receiver Antonio Brown had 106 yards on seven receptions. However, the Steelers went a little too often to the field goal well when what they needed was TDs. People want to see passes, touchdowns. High scores. That’s the game today. Pittsburgh dropped to 11-10 in games not started by Roethlisberger since the 2004 season.
The Ravens (3-4) have lost four straight games, most recently 16-24 to the New York Jets. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco finished 25 of 44 for 248 yards with not TDs and two interceptions. Flacco – which is Spanish for skinny – threw a franchise-record 176 consecutive throws without an interception before Jets CB Buster Skrine intercepted his pass in the third quarter and returned it 51 yards to the Ravens 3. Busted by Buster. Kicker Justin Tucker put Baltimore ahead 16-14 as time ran out in the first half with his third field goal, a 44-yarder. Jets CB Marcus Williams knocked away Flacco’s desperation heave and the Ravens went 0-2 against New York teams.
The good news for the Steelers and their fans who do the online NFL betting thing on a football betting site is that Big Ben is expected to return against the Ravens. Pittsburgh is averaging 24.3 points and 372.3 total yards (267.7 passing and 104.6 rushing) per game, and yielding 21.4 points and 390.1 total yards (283.4 passing and 106.7 rushing) per game. The Ravens are averaging 19.0 points and 332.4 total yards (246.1 passing and 86.3 rushing) per game and allowing 19.9 points and 301.9 total yards (220.0 passing and 81.9 rushing) per game.
Online NFL betting fans should also know that the Steelers’ recent history with the Ravens is not good. Baltimore beat Pittsburgh twice last season, and has won five of its six past games SU versus the Steelers – who have not won at Mountebank Stadium since 2012. The Steelers are 3-10 straight up in their last 13 games on the road versus the Ravens. Baltimore is 2-13-2 against the spread in their last 17 games as a favorite. The total has gone under in eight of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games as an underdog. Flacco will be either the healthier or more experienced QB on Sunday, but the Steelers still have one of the best running games in the league.