Both offenses in this game will take a back seat to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens defenses Sunday October 3rd. This will be the last game the Pittsburgh Steelers play without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and if they win they could be 4-0 in his absence.
The Baltimore Ravens stretched their wings on offense as Anquan Boldin scored three receiving touchdowns and Joe Flacco was able to restore his confidence against the Cleveland Browns. The Baltimore Ravens continue to struggle establishing the rush. the Ravens only rushed for 109 yards against a weaker opponent in the Cleveland Browns.
Defense is Only Category of Importance in This Game Between Baltimore Ravens & Pittsburgh Steelers
Neither the Baltimore Ravens nor the Pittsburgh Steelers have a killer offense but their defenses are two of the best in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens defense led by Ray Lewis are one of the most punishing defenses in the NFL. Opposing players fear running crossing routes against Lewis and his linebacking corps. Intimidation is the key to Baltimore’s success which forces teams to go for the long ball more often.
The Baltimore Ravens front line is good enough to put pressure on the opposing quarterback and gives the Ravens secondary opportunities they must capitalize on. The Baltimore Ravens secondary is their Achilles heel. If there is a way to get past the Baltimore Ravens it is deep through the air.
When it is said that a defense is beatable without a certain player, many would scoff. Look no further than the Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Polamalu to prove this point. With Polamalu in the lineup the Steelers are one of the most opportunistic defenses in the NFL once again.
Polamalu is not the only player on the Pittsburgh Steelers that can cause chaos on the field. LaMaar Woodley and James Harrison along with Aaron Smith are keys to the Steelers success on defense to this point in the NFL season. The edge on defense is not much but it goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens -3 vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the Baltimore Ravens as a three point road favorite over the home team Pittsburgh Steelers. The starting quarterback should be Charlie Batch for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he has already shown he is a serviceable replacement at quarterback.
The key to this game will be the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. If they can shut down Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens passing attack it should be easy for them to contain Ray Rice. The Ravens have already struggled in their first three games establishing the run and they will have a hard time of it in this game. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers +3 at home to win this game outright.
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