Online NFL Betting Odds for Week 4’s AFC North RivalryPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Week 3 of the 2017 online NFL betting season was filled to the brim with upsets. But without a question, the AFC North suffered the biggest upsets of the day. The Baltimore Ravens faced the Jacksonville Jaguars and football betting sportsbooks were predicting a somewhat lopsided finish. In the end, we did get a landslide of a finish but it ended up being in Jacksonville’s favor as the Jags came out on top 44-7. Similarly, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a stunner at the hands of the Chicago Bears 23-17. Granted, Pittsburgh didn’t exactly get blown out but conceding a loss to a team as inconsistent as the Bears reflects poorly on your franchise.
As fate would have it, the Ravens and Steelers will be facing off this upcoming Sunday. Naturally, both Pittsburgh and Baltimore are looking to put their poor, past weekend’s performance behind them. However, only one will be able to do so. Which team are the bet NFL odds siding with in Week 4.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens – Sunday, October 1st
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -3 (-105) 41 ½ (-110)
Baltimore Ravens +3 (-105) 41 ½ (-110)
Pittsburgh is 2-1 on the season which ties them with the Baltimore Ravens for the lead in the AFC North. Obviously, this weekend’s contest will play a pivotal role in determining which team leads the division moving forward. Most football betting sportsbooks are pegging the Steelers as favorites for this Sunday’s game. However, the 3-point spread line makes it clear this AFC North rivalry will be anything but easy.
The key for the Steelers this Sunday is ball possession. Against the Bears, the Steelers turned the ball over twice. Sure, Pittsburgh has a +1 turnover ratio heading into this game but that doesn’t guarantee that the ratio will remain positive after this weekend’s contest. The Ravens have had a hard time scoring this season but giving them a shorter field will aid them in finding the end zone.
If the Ravens want to win the lead in the division this Sunday they’ll need to address their struggling offense. Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl winning quarterback but so far this season, Flacco has been performing as anything but. Flacco heads into this weekend’s contest sporting 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 366 yards and a lowly 65.2 passer rating. With Flacco under center, the Ravens have managed to become the league’s 23rd worst scoring offense, the worst passing offense in the league and the worst total offense. The Ravens may be the 4th best at running the ball, but that’s not going to be enough to upset a rival.
At a glance, it’s hard to narrow in on what the Raven’s issue currently is. However, one might be led to believe that part of the blame falls upon the shoulders of 1st year offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Before joining the Ravens, Mornhinweg was calling the shots for the Jets’ offense – not the most threatening group in the league. It’s clear that things have to change for Baltimore or their OC will soon be dismissed.