Ravens vs Steelers odds, spread, pick: punters hit Pittsburgh with Baltimore’s many COVID absences


For the first time since Week 1 of the 2012 season, there will be an NFL game played on a Wednesday as the Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers with the incredibly unusual kick-off time of 3:40 p.m. HE on NBC from Heinz Field. Of course, this game has been postponed three times since the last night of Thanksgiving due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Ravens. Pittsburgh is a 10-point favorite on William Hill Sportsbook NFL odds and bettors are backing the Steelers quite strongly.
A total of 78 percent of all money wagered on the spread at William Hill is on Pittsburgh and 68 percent of all tickets. Interesting considering that 19 of the Steelers-Ravens’ last 25 games had a one-scoring margin of victory (including Pittsburgh’s four-point victory in Week 8). Of the very low Over / Under total of 42.5, 78% of the money and 79% of the tickets are on the Over.

It would be almost easier to tell which key Baltimore players will be able to participate instead of which ones not. The two best running backs on the team, Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins, would be supposed to be eligible to return but in fact WILL NOT be. That means a lot to Gus Edwards.

The Ravens could also activate some off the reserve / COVID-19 roster early Wednesday, but according to the team’s website, seven Pro Bowlers will stay there Tuesday night. That includes quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon. These guys don’t play. Neither is arguably the team’s most consistent receiver, Willie Snead IV.

Obviously, Jackson is the reigning MVP in the NFL. Judon and Andrews have also played every game this season. Andrews leads the team in touchdown catches (six) and receiving yards (454) while Judon is tied with Calais Campbell for the team lead in the sacks with four. Campbell is also on the list.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams and quarterback Trace McSorley were removed from the roster on Tuesday. Williams hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury on Nov. 15, and won’t fit, while McSorley will likely support Robert Griffin III. Otherwise, the team would have to call the undrafted Tyler Huntley from the practice squad.

Pittsburgh’s biggest name on the reserve-COVID-19 list is first rusher James Conner, who has reportedly tested positive, so the Steelers will use a committee of Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland to replace Conner. Pittsburgh is the 18th Super Bowl era team to start 10-0 and the previous 17 were 12-5 in their 11th game.

It will be Wednesday’s 38th game in league history. Assuming the rest of the regular season goes as planned, this would be the first season with a game played every day of the week. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday have already had matches. There are Wednesdays here, with Saturday games starting Week 15 and a game scheduled for Christmas Friday.

Who is winning every NFL game this week? And which teams cover more than 50% of the time? Get picks here from the SportsLine Projection Model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on direct NFL picks.


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