Ravens vs Steelers Prediction - NFL Picks 10/8/23

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) vs Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

Game Info: Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Acrisure Stadium)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 38 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers face off on Sunday in a Week 5 NFL showdown at Acrisure Stadium. 

Ravens Look to Build on Last Week

The Ravens are looking to build on last week after they were able to beat the Cleveland Browns 28-3. Lamar Jackson completed 15 of his 19 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Andrews also had a solid game catching five passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens are averaging 24.8 points while their defense is giving up 14.5 points per game. So far this season Jackson has thrown for 7994 yards and four touchdowns. He has also rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns. 

Ravens Betting Trends

  • The Steelers have won each of their last six games as home underdogs following a road loss.
  • The underdogs have covered the spread in each of the last seven games between the Ravens and Steelers.
  • The Steelers have lost the first half in each of their last four October games against AFC opponents.
  • The Steelers have scored the first touchdown in five of their last six games following a loss.
  • The Steelers have won the first quarter in four of their last five games as underdogs following a loss.

Kenny Pickett Expects to Start

Kenny Pickett is expected to start in this game even though he is dealing with a knee injury. Pickett starting is a good thing, but they also need him to have a big game, something that hasn’t always been the case this season. The Steelers had won two games in a row but in the last game against the Houston Texans, they looked awful. The offense only scored six points and that led to the defeat. They allowed CJ Stroud to throw it all over the field and that can’t happen here. The Steelers are averaging 15.5 points while their defense is giving up 25 points per game. One big disappointment this season has been Najee Harris and they need the running game to be better here. 

Steelers Betting Trends

  • The Steelers have won each of their last six games as home underdogs following a road loss.
  • The underdogs have covered the spread in each of the last seven games between the Ravens and Steelers.
  • The Steelers have lost the first half in each of their last four October games against AFC opponents.
  • The Steelers have scored the first touchdown in five of their last six games following a loss.
  • The Steelers have won the first quarter in four of their last five games as underdogs following a loss.

Shane’s Free Pick

This feels like a get right spot for the Steelers. Pickett is going to bounce back here, and the Steelers are going to find success against the Ravens defense. The Ravens are also going to struggle early in this game with their offense and that is going to be the difference here. This is a game I believe the Steelers can win outright, but we will take the points just to play it safe. Back the Steelers against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Steelers +3.5

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