This could be Ben Roethlisberger’s final game of his NFL career. Will the Pittsburgh Steelers score a win in Week 18 against rivals Baltimore Ravens? Or will the Ravens get the last laugh against the quarterback that has been one of their top enemies over the past several years? Check out our preview below of this Steelers-Ravens game in Week 18.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Regular Season Week 18 Game on January 9, 2022
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
When: Sunday, January 9, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (+5.5)
Regular Season Record: 8-7-1
Ben Roethlisberger got it done in what could be his final game in Pittsburgh. Big Ben passed for 123 yards and a touchdown with an interception on 24/46 completions in the Steelers’ 26-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 17. That was not a sparkling performance, but it was enough nonetheless for the Steelers to pull off an important victory that kept their playoff hopes alive. But the biggest star for them in the Browns game was no other than running back Najee Harris, who exploded for 188 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Harris is going to be a problem for Baltimore, which allowed the former Alabama Crimson Tide tailback to rush for 71 yards on 21 carries in Week 13’s 20-19 home win by the Steelers. Then there’s the Steelers’ defense that had just crushed the Browns with nine sacks and two interceptions. TJ Watt had four of those sacks. In the first meeting with Baltimore, Watt had 3.5 sacks to go with six total tackles.
The Steelers are 3-1 against the spread in their last four road games versus Baltimore.
Betting on the Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)
Regular Season Record: 8-8
The biggest concern for the Ravens right now is the status of Lamar Jackson. The former league MVP missed Week 16’s 20-10 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams – the Ravens’ fifth in a row. He has not played since Week 14, so the Ravens have been left to utilize Tyler Huntley under center. Huntley has been decent, but he’s not someone who can take the Ravens’ offense to the same level that Jackson takes them. Regardless of who starts for the Ravens, expect tight end Mark Andrews to show up and have at least a solid game. Andrews has recorded 465 receiving yards and four touchdown catches in his last four games. His upside for the Steelers game has been raised higher after Pittsburgh allowed two Browns tight ends to score a touchdown each in Week 17.
The Ravens are 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 home games versus a team with a losing road record.
The Ravens win, 24-21.
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