Sep 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) pursued by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell (23) and cornerback William Gay (22) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
The Vegas odds for week nine are in, and they have the Pittsburgh Steelers favored over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night football. The line is surprisingly small after watching the way the Steelers manhandled the Colts last week, especially when you take into consideration the fact that the Ravens will be without top shadow corner Jimmy Smith for a few weeks.
It is indeed hard to picture how the Ravens, who have struggled to cover anybody outside of who Smith has been assigned to, can stop every pass catching threat the Steelers have. Perhaps the best bet is to employ a heavily run based offensive game plan to simply try and keep the ball away from the Steeler’s offense.
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Regardless of recent trends, we don’t think that this will be a high scoring game, and neither does Vegas. These two teams have too much pride and typically always play each other tough. We think (and hope) that the Ravens will be able to prevent the big plays this week that they seem to be prone to giving up lately.
Here is the breakdown of how each Vegas outlet predicts the outcome of Sunday’s game.
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It’s no surprise that four of them call this game a pick ’em. No matter what has happened in other games, these two teams usually play each other close to the vest. Both teams also need to win this game to keep up pace in the AFC North race. Especially when you consider how the Bengals host the one win Jags at home and the Browns host the one win Bucs. Whoever loses this one could find themselves in the basement really quick.