NFL Week 16 Preview and Pick
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
VietBet Game Line: Pittsburgh -4.5
VietBet Total Line: 43.5
The featured NFL matchup on Christmas Day should be a good one with the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens going on the road to face the 9-5 Pittsburgh Steelers in a crucial showdown in the AFC North. Kickoff from Heinz Field is set for 4:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast on NFL Network.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh Game Preview
The Ravens kept their division title hopes alive with a tight 27-26 victory at home against Philadelphia this past Sunday as five-point favorites with VietBet. The total went OVER the 41-point closing line and it has gone OVER in their last three games. Baltimore is now 5-2 straight-up in its last seven games with a 4-3 mark against the spread. It heads back on the road with a costly 1-5 record ATS in its first six road games this year.
Baltimore will be looking to pull off the season sweep after beating Pittsburgh 21-14 in early November as a three-point home underdog with VietBet. It will need a solid effort from veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, which has not always been the case this season. In Sunday’s win against Philadelphia, he threw for just 206 yards while completing 16-of-30 attempts. He also turned the ball over twice to help keep this game closer than it should have been. The Ravens are 19th in the NFL in scoring this season with 21.9 points a game.
The Steelers kept things moving in the right direction with Sunday’s come-from-behind 24-20 victory against Cincinnati as three-point road favorite. The total stayed UNDER VietBet’s closing 45.5-point line and it has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 contests. Pittsburgh has gone 4-2 ATS in six previous home games this year and it is 9-4 ATS when closing as a favorite.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 286 yards in last Sunday’s win while completing 21 of his 36 passing attempts. Le’Veon Bell added another 93 yards in the ground on one of the better balanced offenses in the league. The Steelers come into this division tilt ranked 11th in the NFL in scoring with 24.4 points a game and ranked seventh in average yards (374.6).
Baltimore at Pittsburgh Free Game Pick
The motivation level for both teams is sky high considering what is at stake in this game, but I am going with the Steelers to even the score with a SU win at home that covers VietBet’s current 4.5-point spread.