Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (1/9/22): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (1/9/22)

The Pittsburgh Steelers head to M&T bank stadium this weekend to close out their season against the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North divisional matchup. The Steelers are coming off a 26-14 win over the Browns last weekend that doubled as Big Ben’s last game in Heinz Field. The Ravens, meanwhile, are coming off a one point loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Baltimore, their fourth loss by two points or less in five games. This rivalry has produced some classics with 10 of the last 13 meetings decided by a touchdown or less. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 31-24, and have a shot to sweep the Ravens for the second straight season with a win on Sunday. Both teams are still in playoff contention heading into the weekend, though they’ll need some assistance. The Steelers punch their ticket with a win and a Colts loss, while the Ravens need a win and losses by the Chargers, Colts, and Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

Betting Trends

Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss
Steelers are 15-6-3 ATS in their last 24 games in January
Steelers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win
Ravens are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall
Ravens are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. AFC North
Ravens are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite

The Pick

The Steelers love to throw the ball and the Ravens hate defending the pass. Over the last three weeks, the Ravens have allowed more yards in the passing game than half the league has allowed in total yards. In what will likely be Big Ben’s last game as a Steeler, I love this offense to come alive for one final send off. This Steeler defense has remained solid, especially against teams with average quarterback play. Tyler Huntley has shown signs of promise though he’s no Justin Herbert and it’s going to show on Sunday.

My Prediction: Steelers win and cover 24-21 and the over hits (o41.5)

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, January, 9
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium — Baltimore, MD
TV Coverage: CBS

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Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Diontae Johnson (COVID-19) O, DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee) O, DE Tyson Alualu (Fractured Ankle) O, TE Eric Ebron (Knee) O, G Trai Turner (Knee) Q, WR Juju Smith-Schuster (Shoulder) O, CB Joe Haden (COVID-19) O, SS Terrell Edmonds (Groin) Q, OL Kevin Dotson (Ankle) Q, P Pressley Harvin III (Personal) Q, QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pectoral/Shoulder) Q
Baltimore Ravens: OT Ronnie Stanley (Ankle) O, CB Marlon Humphrey (Pectoral) O, QB Lamar Jackson (Ankle) Q, CB Jimmy Smith (Not Injury Related) Q, FB patrick Ricard (Knee) Q, OLB Justin Houston (Not Injury Related), FS DeShon Elliott (Pectoral) Q, G Kevin Zeitler (Not Injury Related) Q

Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis

Who would’ve thought the Bengals and Steelers would enter the final week of the regular season as the top two teams in the AFC North. For a team with an aging quarterback, rookie running back, and below average offensive line, the Steelers have clawed their way to a 3-2 record over their last 5 weeks with wins over the Ravens, Titans, and Browns.

Pittsburgh’s reputation right now is a team led by a hard hitting defense with a DPOY candidate in TJ Watt that shuts down opposing quarterbacks at will. While this is true on their best nights, the Steelers actually have the tenth worst scoring defense in the NFL, allowing 24.6 points a game. Since week 10, they’ve allowed opposing teams to score more than 35 points on four separate occasions, most recently against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 16. The biggest weak spot for the Steelers defense has been above average quarterbacks with big arms — players like Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, and Justin Herbert.

On offense, the Steelers remain one of the most pass centric teams in the NFL. They rank 27th in the league in rushing attempts over the season and 23rd over their last three games. They rank 3rd in passing attempts per game at 38.8, but only 16th in passing yards, averaging 221.4 yards a game. Najee Harris has become more of a factor as of late, rushing for over 188 yards in week 17’s game against Cleveland and breaking Franco Harris’ franchise record for rushing yards by a rookie.

Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart

QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB1: Najee Harris
RB2: Benny Snell Jr
RB3: Kalen Ballage
WR1: James Washington
WR2: Chase Claypool
WR3: Diontae Johnson
TE1: Pat Freiermuth

Baltimore Ravens Analysis

The early season luck of the Ravens that saw Justin Tucker make a 66 yard game winning field goal against the Lions and Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble away the ball as the Chiefs were driving has come back to bite this team late in the season. Call it karma or injuries, but over the last 5 weeks the Ravens have missed 2 game winning two point conversions, allowed a 10 point 4th quarter comeback, and failed to convert a crucial 4th down on a potential game winning drive.

Lamar Jackson continues to battle an ankle injury and did not practice on Thursday. Tyler Huntley is currently listed as QB1 and will likely get the start on Sunday. The Ravens rank 11th in the league in pass attempts per game at 36.2 and 13th in passing yards at 239.3. They have the fifth best rushing offense led by Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray which has averaged 139 yards a game on the season, though they’ve gone for just 116 a game over their last 3.

The Ravens defense continues to lead the league in rushing yards allowed a game, though this has much more to do with how weak their secondary is and much less to do with how effective their run defense is. No team in the NFL allows more passing yards per game than the Baltimore Ravens at 281.4 yards a game on the season. Over their last three games, the Ravens have given up an average of 349.3 yards a game through the air — 51 yards behind the 31st place team.

Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart

QB: Tyler Huntley
RB1: Devonta Freeman
RB2: Latavius Murray
WR1: Sammy Watkins
WR2: Marquise Brown
WR3: Rashod Bateman
TE1: Mark Andrews

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Daily Fantasy Pick

With Steelers WR Diontae Johnson out with COVID-19 and this Ravens secondary playing the way that they are (ie., with 4th string guys from the practice squad) I love Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth to have a big game. Big Ben loves targeting Freiermuth in the red zone and on third down, and will likely go to him early in this one. In what will likely be Big Ben’s last game in a Steeler jersey, this a perfect matchup for him to go out swinging. Expect over 50 passing attempts with 7 or more in Freiermuth’s direction. The TE is second on the team in receiving touchdowns and third in yards. He is currently listed at $4,600 on DraftKings and $5,200 on FanDuel.

As a central Ohio native and lifelong Cleveland sports fan, Patrick Monnin has lived the emotional rollercoaster every sports fan knows all too well. Whether it be the Browns or the Buckeyes, he loves watching football and going on nice long runs in the afternoon. In the local Chicago area, where he now lives, he can often be found making the case for LeBron James as the greatest basketball player ever.

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