The NFL season has reached the 12th week and that means its time to separate the playoff pretenders from the contenders. This AFC North battle on NBC in primetime has two teams that desperately need a win to stay in the playoff fight. The Steelers come into this game at 6-4 and the Ravens come in at 5-5. The betting line for this one has been bouncing around with a ton of injuries on both sides. Oddsmakers have the line as Ravens -1 but this line is due to go way higher with the announcement of Ben Rothlesberger out for this game. These AFC north battles are usually very close so make sure you check out all of the betting facts and trends.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into this game missing their leader Ben Rothlesberger but still have faith in the next man up theory, this weeks next man up is Dennis Dixon. Pittsburgh has won games the last two years without Big Ben so don't jump off the Steelers bandwagon just yet. The bigger question in this game is can the Pittsburgh dominating defense carry this team to another victory. The best defense in the league loves when the team looks at them and asks them to save the day and that is what they are doing this week. The Steelers are horrible ATS this year at only 3-7 so far. Check out some other interesting betting trends for the Steelers:
- Steelers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
- Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC.
- Steelers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Steelers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 12.
- Steelers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.
The Baltimore Ravens find themselves one game behind the Steelers in both the division and the wildcard race. If they lose this week they can almost ensure that they will miss this years playoffs. If their is a silver lining for the Ravens its the fact that they have played the toughest schedule in the league and still have a chance for the postseason. The bad news is that this aging defense has been exposed at times this year. Early in the season it looked as if the offense was going to be able to pick up some of the slack but the last three games they have failed to score over 17 pts and have turned the ball over way to much. Pittsburgh has owned Baltimore the last three games winning all three straight up and two against the spread. The good news for the Ravens is they have some strong betting trends in their favor:
- Ravens are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss.
- Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Ravens are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games on grass.
- Ravens are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
- Ravens are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall.
Betting Trends can sometimes be so one sided they force you to take a team. It looks as if the Ravens are a lock here but don't count a Pittsburgh team that plays great with their backs against the wall and the deck stacked against them.