Can Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens snap their two-game losing streak to get back on track to record their second straight playoff berth? Could the now, desperate Pittsburgh Steelers get the huge home ‘upset’ over their longtime division rivals after getting their first win of the season on Monday night?
With both AFC North playoff hopefuls looking for the confidence-boosting win in this one, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NFL odds in this Week 5 matchup.
Ravens vs Steelers 2019 NFL Week 5 Lines, Game Preview & Analysis
- When: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- TV: CBS
- Radio: Baltimore / Pittsburgh
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 5 Odds: Baltimore -4 / Total: 42.5
Why Bet On Baltimore at -4?
There are a few good reasons to back Baltimore in this matchup. The Ravens will have a healthy sense of motivation after dropping two straight including their humbling 40-25 home loss against Cleveland last weekend. Baltimore will also be looking to extract some revenge after losing the Pittsburgh the last time they met. Then, there’s the fact that the Steelers look like a shell of their former selves despite getting their first win of the season in Week 4.
- Average Score For: 33.75
- Total Yards: 482.50
- Pass Yards: 276.75
- Rush Yards: 205.75
- Average Score Against: 25
- Total Yards: 395.50
- Pass Yards: 302
- Rush Yards: 93.50
Why Bet On Pittsburgh at +4?
In spite of their slow start and the fact that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the remainder of the season, there are a couple of good reasons to back the Steelers to cover the chalk in this one. First, Pittsburgh is playing at home where they’ll have the full support of their fan base. Then, there’s the fact that the Steelers have pretty much owned the Ravens by winning four of the last five meetings, including a 23-16 road win last season. Then, there’s the fact that Pittsburgh and second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph will have some confidence after getting their first win of the season by taking out Cincinnati 27-3 on Monday night. Rudolph passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns while running back, part-time wide receiver and now, wildcat quarterback Jaylen Samuels racked up 134 yards of total offense and a touchdown run in the win.
- Average Score For: 16.33
- Total Yards: 269.33
- Pass Yards: 205.33
- Rush Yards: 64
- Average Score Against: 28.33
- Total Yards: 442.34
- Pass Yards: 302.67
- Rush Yards: 139.67
NFL Week 5 Betting Trends for Ravens vs Steelers
- Ravens are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games
- Ravens are 8-4 SU in the last 12 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 6 games
- Steelers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 games played in October
- Steelers are 3-7 SU in the last 10 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Ravens vs Steelers Expert Analysis and Prediction
While Baltimore has gone backwards the last two weeks and Pittsburgh got an impressive win on Monday night, I’m going to back the ravens to get their act together to get the huge road win in this now, intriguing AFC North battle. First of all, I’m looking at Pittsburgh’s win over Cincinnati for what it was – a must-win matchup for the Steelers that came against an almost completely inept Bengals team that is ranked 30th in scoring and 28th in points allowed.
The Ravens are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh while the road team in this AFC North rivalry has gone 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. I’m expecting Baltimore to get back to playing better defense after getting gashed for a combined 73 points over their last two games. The Ravens are the better statistical team on both sides of the ball and I believe Lamar Jackson will show up in this one to lead the Ravens to the huge, ATS-covering win.
Pick: Baltimore -4