Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup Preview (11/1/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Baltimore Ravens are taking on division rival Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week eight of the NFL season. These two teams have a combined 11-1 record between them, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have the last remaining undefeated 6-0 record this season. They will look to continue their winning streak against the Baltimore Ravens, who have only lost once this season. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland
TV Coverage: CBS
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Baltimore Ravens: Questionable to play: Jimmy Smith (Achilles), Marlon Humphrey (illness), Anthony Levine (abdomen)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Alejandro Villanueva (elbow), JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Eric Ebron (elbow), Maurkice Pouncey (elbow), Jordan Dangerfield (quadriceps), Chris Wormley (knee), Mike Hilton (shoulder), Diontae Johnson (ankle)
Baltimore Ravens Analysis
The Baltimore Ravens barely got away last week with their fifth win of the season over the Philadelphia Eagles. After a 24-0 lead through in the third quarter, they allowed 22 points in the fourth to barely get away with a 30-28 win after a missed 2-point conversion. The Ravens will have to compete harder next week against division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lamar Jackson has been the focus of this year after being the MVP of the NFL last season. So far, he has had underwhelming results ranking 27th in passing yards, 18th in passing touchdowns, and 26th in completion percentage. Last week, he put up 186 passing yards and one touchdown along with 108 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to come away with the victory. His rushing ability has really helped the team as he ranks 23rd in rushing yards and first in yards per rushing attempt with a value of 6.9 yards. He will have a difficult time, though, next week against the Steelers’ terrific run defense.
This Baltimore Ravens relies on the run for most of their offense. Literally, they rush the ball 50.14% of their plays on offense. With Lamar, Mark Ingram, J.K Dobbins, and Gus Edwards in the backfield, they produce the most rushing yards per game as a team with 164.3 yards. This offense is one of the most productive in the league, averaging nearly 30 points per game and maintaining the best scoring margin in the NFL with a +12.5 margin.
This Ravens defense has also been spectacular this season, especially against the run. They are top ten in the league in the least amount of rushing yards and rushing touchdowns to opponents. Just recently, they acquired Yannick Ngakoue from the Cincinnati Bengals, who has produced five sacks already this season. Along with pass rusher Calais Campbell, who has four sacks on the season, this duo should dominate opposing offensive lines. In the secondary, Marlon Humphrey is having an outstanding season with four forced fumbles, which leads the league, and five passes defenses. He and Marcus Peters round out this defense with a strong secondary.
The Ravens have had a pretty laid back schedule so far in the season, but it is about to get much harder starting with the Steelers. The Browns are right behind them in the record, and they will need to keep up to try to compete for the division or wild card with the Steelers. This weekend will be a true test for this Ravens team. If Lamar and his offense can dominate the secondary of the Steelers, they should have a chance at winning.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL after barely getting by with a win last week against the Titans. They won 27-24 off of a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to tie up the game. The Steelers and their outstanding defense will look to extend their undefeated season against the Ravens next week.
The Steelers defense is giving us “Steel Curtain” type memories this season as arguably the best defensive line in the league. They are the highest-rated defensive line in the league in sacks, with 26, and rushing yards per carry allowed with an astounding 2.58 yards. As a defense, they rank second in the least amount of rushing yards allowed, sixth in rushing touchdowns allowed, and first in opposing completion percentage. They allow 19.3 points per game and produce the most sacks per game in the league, making them one of the better defenses in the league.
Big Ben has been keeping this offense working behind the effort of their amazing defense. He averages near 250 passing yards per game and two touchdowns. Last week, he put up 268 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions, which account for nearly all of his interceptions this season. Behind him and his ridiculous receiving core of Juju Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Eric Ebron, they certainly hold their own of offense enough for them to win games.
James Conner has also been a huge impact on the Steelers’ offense as one of the best running backs in the league. Last week he had 20 carries for 82 yards against a tough Titans’ defense and allowed Benny Snell to take the only rushing touchdown of the game to the endzone. Nevertheless, he is ranked in the top ten in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns and is an effective back for the Steelers’ offense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have exceeded expectations this season so far with an undefeated record, but they will have their hands full with the Ravens on the road. If the defense can hold the Ravens’ offense near the 68 rushing yards per game they allow to opposing teams, then they should win this one. But, the Ravens have one of the best offenses in the league and will be tough to stop. It will come down to the offense holding up their end to produce for the defense.
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Betting Corner Steelers +4
Moneyline: Ravens -200, Steelers +175
Spread: Steelers +4
Moneyline: Ravens -200
The Steelers are 5-1 against the spread this season, and I think the line of +4 is generous to them considering they are undefeated. However, the Ravens have a better offense and solid enough defense to get away with this one. Lamar will be looking to step up after getting obliterated by the Chiefs a few weeks ago.
The line is low since these two teams have two of the best defenses in the league, however, I think the over will hit because of how productive the offenses are. The over should be the correct bet for this week.
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<h3Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
Marquise Brown has averaged 11.7 fantasy points this season, and I think he could go over that next week. The Steelers have a great defensive line, most likely causing the Ravens to pass more in this game. Brown should be good for a solid week of fantasy as a WR2 or WR3.
Mark Ingram is certainly having one of the worst fantasy seasons of his career this season, and his rostered percentage has gone down to 60% on ESPN. His touches are eaten by the high amount of skill players the Ravens possess and he is only averaging 6.7 fantasy points per game. I would not start him against the Steelers, who have arguably the best rushing defense in the league.