Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 12/5/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets and Tips Week 13
Game: Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (+3.5)
Heinz Field is the site where the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1) will meet the Baltimore Ravens (8-3) on Sunday. Baltimore opens as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 44.
The Baltimore Ravens head into this matchup 8-3 this year. In their last contest, the Ravens stepped onto the field against the Browns and walked away with a win by a score of 16-10. Devonta Freeman was the leader on the ground for the Ravens with 16 carries for 52 yards (3.3 yards per attempt). Mark Andrews averaged 16.3 yds per reception by accounting for 65 yds on 4 receptions. Lamar Jackson finished 20/32 with 165 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 46.5 and finished the game with 4 interceptions. Against the rush, the Ravens conceded 40 yards on 17 attempts, which calculates to 2.4 yds per rush allowed. Baltimore surrendered 18 pass completions on 37 tries for a total of 222 yards, and a completion rate of 48.6%. In the game, they tallied 77 plays which gave them 303 yds. The Baltimore Ravens ran the football 43 different times and accrued 148 yds, earning them an average of 3.4 yards per attempt.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Baltimore Ravens hold an average of 23.9 points per game. As a unit they average 150.7 yards rushing ranking them 2nd in the NFL. The Ravens have earned 4,329 total yards this year. Baltimore has accumulated 137 first downs as a unit, and they have been called for 63 infractions for 556 yards. They have turned the football over 17 different times (13 interceptions and 4 fumbles lost). In terms of getting in the endzone, Baltimore has earned 15 touchdowns through the air and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Regarding yards through the air, the Ravens have given up 3,033 yards which puts them in 30th in the NFL. They have allowed 275.7 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 59.2%. In total, they have yielded 359.9 yards per game which ranks them 19th in the National Football League. They have surrendered 17 touchdowns via the pass as well as 10 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.1 yards per rushing attempt and 84.2 rushing yards per game over the course of this season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 926 rushing yards through 11 games. The Ravens rank 9th in the league concerning team defense, conceding 21.8 PPG.
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The Steelers head into this game 5-5-1 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Steelers took a defeat with a final score of 41-10 when they faced the Bengals. Ben Roethlisberger (1 TD) walked away from the contest with 263 yds on 24/41 passing while his QB rating was 65.4. He had 2 picks and his avg yards per attempt was 6.41 yds. Diontae Johnson was featured in the passing game for the Steelers, grabbing 9 balls for 95 yds (10.6 yds per catch). Najee Harris carried the ball 8 times for 23 yds, walking away from the contest with 2.9 yds per carry for Pittsburgh. The Steelers finished the contest with a total of 301 yards while running 59 plays (5.1 yards per play). Pittsburgh ran for 3.4 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 51 yards on 15 attempts. Pittsburgh relinquished 38 rush attempts for 198 yards (5.2 yards per rush). The Steelers secondary allowed a completion percentage of 80.0%, surrendering 172 yds on 20 out of 25 through the air.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Steelers rank 22nd out of all teams in the league maintaining an average of 20.4 points per game. For the season to this point, the Steelers currently sit at 2,623 yards via the pass together with an average of 238.5 passing yards per game, ranking them 15th out of all NFL teams. They hold an average of 87.1 yards per game on the ground and have run for 958 yards for the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers average 325.5 yards per game which ranks them 22nd in football. The Pittsburgh offense has racked up 501 penalty yards on 70 violations, which ranks them 17th in football in terms of helping out the other team. They have tossed 7 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 7 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 138 1st downs.
Pittsburgh has allowed a total of 1,464 yards rushing (133.1 yards per contest) as well as 11 touchdowns by ground this season. They have conceded 16 touchdowns via the pass as well as 234.5 yards per game, which puts them in 12th out of all teams. They have 10 turnovers (5 fumbles recovered and 5 picks) on the season. Overall, they have given up 267 points in total. The Steelers defense has taken part in 697 plays, ranking them 13th in football. The Steelers are allowing 24.3 PPG, ranking them 23rd of all teams in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Ravens/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Steelers +3.5
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