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mesaSteeler
12-13-2008, 09:10 AM
Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 15 Predictions
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Written by Scott Burgess
Friday, 12 December 2008

NFL Odds

Two of the top defenses in the league do battle when the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3), Sunday Dec 14, at M&T Bank Stadium for some defensive minded NFL Week 15 action.

The home team has won their last three meetings. NFL oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com have the Ravens as -1 point home favs over the Steelers with the over/under set at 34 Ĺ points.

The Ravens beat the Redskins 24-10 at home in Week 14. QB Joe Flacco made 10 of 21 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception; he has 13 touchdown passes for 2,410 yards with 10 interceptions in 13 starts. Their top rusher on the day was RB Le'Ron McClain with 20 carries for 61 yards with one touchdown.

Their top receiver on the day was WR Derrick Mason with three catches for 60 yards. The Ravens are averaging 24.3 ppg and they give up an average 15.4 ppg. At home they are 5-1 SU where they average 24 ppg and they give up an average 10 ppg. Their overall offense is ranked 19th in the league averaging 320 yards a game, no thanks to their 28th ranked passing game thatís good for 176 yards per-game.

Their running game is great ranked 5th best in the league averaging 144 yards a game. FB LeíRon McClain leads the Ravens with seven touchdowns. Their overall defense is ranked second best in the league allowing 253 yards per-game, thanks to their second ranked pass defense that allows 176 yards a game, they are just as good against the rush with a third ranked rush defense that gives up an average 76 yards per-game. The Ravens are 10-3 ATS and 8-4 over/under.

The Steelers beat the Cowboys 20-13 at home in Week 14. QB Ben Roethlisberger made 17 of 33 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown pass; he has 14 touchdown passes for 2,627 yards with 12 interceptions in 13 starts. Their top rusher on the day was RB Willie Parker with 12 carries for 25 yards. Their top receiver on the day was WR Santonio Holmes with three catches for 82 yards, while and TE Heath Miller added a touchdown.

The Steelers are averaging 22.2 ppg and they give up an average 14.1 ppg. On the road they are 5-1 SU where they average 22.7 ppg and they give up an average 11.3 ppg. Their overall offense is ranked 26th in the league averaging 303 yards a game, no thanks to their 23rd ranked running game thatís good for 103 yards per-game.

Their passing game sits averagely ranked 19th in the league averaging 199 yards a game. RB Mewelde Moore leads the Steelers with six touchdowns. Their overall defense is ranked best in the league allowing 241 yards per-game, thanks to their 1st ranked pass defense that allows 168 yards a game, they are great against the rush with the best ranked rush defense in the league that gives up an average 73 yards per-game; they also allow the least amount of points in the league. The Steelers are 7-6 ATS and 7-6 over/under.

Recent Trends to Consider:

* Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
* Underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
* Steelers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
* Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Baltimore.
* Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
* Steelers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 0.5-3.0.
* Steelers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-3.0.
* Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.


Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 15 Predictions
When: Sun, Dec 14, 2008 4:15 PM ET
Line: Sportsbook.com

Pick: Steelers +1

The Bottom Line: The Steelers defense is better plus they have a better quarterback than the Ravens. Itís going to be a grudge match in the trenches.

stillers4me
12-13-2008, 11:31 AM
We have a better quarterback???

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...............don't let it get out. It's going to upset alot of people around here.

lilyoder6
12-13-2008, 11:48 AM
We have a better quarterback???

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...............don't let it get out. It's going to upset alot of people around here.

:doh: oh geez... here comes another 30+ threads about how ben sucks in the next few days

steelreserve
12-13-2008, 11:57 AM
We're actually the underdog? I've got to get my ass to the bookie!