Published on: December 11, 2022, 11:24 am.
Last updated: December 11, 2022, 11:24 am.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a game in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, the question remains whether they will be able to keep up in this rivalry between the best and the worst in the NFL’s AFC North.
Since their bye week, the bottom-of-the-division Steelers have clearly improved and have won three of their last four. Two were back-to-back wins that put them at 5-7 with slim hopes of making the postseason.
Pittsburgh returns home today to take on the Ravens (5-8) and their quest for a division title. While the Steelers are playing better on both sides of the ball, they will continue to have to play tighter and continue to avoid turnovers if they plan to advance.
The Steelers are still in rebuilding mode
The numbers still don’t look too dazzling for the Steelers, but QB Kenny Pickett is slowly starting to make strides in his rookie season. He has now gone four games without an interception, which is quite an accomplishment. He completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,797 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions; however, in just two games, he had three of each.
|The money line||+106||-124|
|Spread||+1.5 (-110)||-1.5 (-110)|
|Over under||O36.5 (-115)||U36.5 (-105)|
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QB Lamar Jackson will be out for the Ravens, which will give Tyler Huntley a chance to show what he can do. He will need to establish a ground attack today to have better control of the game.
The Ravens barely beat the Denver Broncos last week, but they did so with a comeback that resulted in a one-point victory. Pittsburgh has rebounded from a rough start to the season and could be a stronger opponent today. In their games last week, the Steelers averaged 5.4 yards per play, while the Ravens gained just 4.1.
Although the Ravens have control of the AFC North, it’s not by much. The Cincinnati Bengals follow closely behind with the same record and have also won four in a row. Baltimore needs another win to stay on top.
The Steelers lead the series between the two with a record of 34 wins and 24 losses. They also took the last four meetings. This isn’t a breakout game for today either, but the Steelers will be more comfortable on their own turf.
At about 36, the over/under for this game is one of the lowest of the season. In a battle where both offenses struggle to move the ball, the under prevails.
Fins Up In LA
The Miami Dolphins (8-4) are on the West Coast today to take on the LA Chargers (6-6). In clear control of their destiny after a few mediocre years, the Fins have bounced back over the last two seasons, but they cannot let their guard down today.
|The money line||-174||+148|
|Spread||-3.5 (-104)||+3.5 (-118)|
|Over under||O54.5 (-110)||U54.5 (-110)|
|Courtesy of FanDuel|
Miami is ranked sixth in the AFC to advance to the playoffs. However, things are so even in this conference that almost every team – including the Chargers – is alive to enter the postseason.
The West Coast tour didn’t get off to a good start for the Dolphins, who lost 33-17 to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. That also pushed them out of the lead in the AFC East.
Today’s game is important for another reason if Miami hopes to stay near the top. They have a tough schedule, including another road game in Week 15. This Friday, they travel to New York to face the division-leading Buffalo Bills in one of three NFL games to be played that Saturday.
It is also important for chargers. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2018 and need a win today to keep their hopes alive.
This will be the second time QBs Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa, both 2020 first-round picks, meet on the field. Tag already has one win under his belt and is poised for his second today.
The over/under is set more than what has been trending lately. He is one of only two who are over 50, although he may make it. Miami is likely to play conservative ball as it takes a more methodical approach in pursuit of victory, resulting in the underdog coming out ahead.