Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Free Pick & Predictions 10/20/13

T-SizzleBaltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Free Pick: You’re not going to find two teams in the NFL that hate each other more than the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams are sitting at the foot of the AFC North though, and both need to get on a roll in a hurry to get back in the playoff picture in the crowded, yet top heavy AFC.

The Steelers, fresh off of their first ‘W’ of the season, are laying 2 ½-points in this game. This one is too tough to handicap in our eyes, but we think that this ‘total’ of just 40.5 is a rather juicy number.

NFL Week 7 – Ravens @ Steelers October 20th, 2013
Game Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Ravens vs. Steelers On TV: CBS
NFL Betting Odds Courtesy of JustBet Sportsbook: Pittsburgh -2.5 (Total: 40.5)
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When you think about the Ravens and the Steelers, you think about two teams that will love to run the football right at each other and get down and dirty in 13-9 games. However, over the course of the last several seasons, that philosophy when these two have gone against each other has changed drastically. The last five meetings between these two have featured 43, 23, 43, 42, and 45 points, and four of the five have made it past the ‘total’. Sure, there have been some lower scoring games that these two have played, and most are going to remember the games that were played last week when the Steelers only played to 25 points against the New York Jets and the Ravens only played to 36 points against the Green Bay Packers. What you don’t see? The games with 49, 43, 39, and 76 points for Baltimore this year and the ones with 61 and 63 for Pittsburgh.

The bottom line is that neither of these teams can run the football. All of the primary backs in this game are averaging right around three yards per carry, and we think that we are going to see a lot more throwing the football than anything else. Last week, Head Coach Mike Tomlin wised up and let his Pro Bowl quarterback throw the pill. QB Ben Roethlisberger had 30 pass attempts and a total of 37 pass plays called for the game against 24 rush plays called. QB Joe Flacco is averaging putting the ball in the air almost 40 times per game, and WR Torrey Smith is averaging over 20 yards per catch with only one long touchdown grab on the season. The team has averaged almost two plays of 30+ yards per game and over one play per game of at least 45 yards. It’s not going to take many big plays to get this one past the number, and we think that it will happen with ease. This one gets into the 50s.

Ravens @ Steelers Free Pick for 10/20/13: Over 40.5

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