*This game was postponed from Thanksgiving night to Sunday due to COVID issues*
Sunday, November 29, 2020, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, 1:15 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Ravens (+4.5/-110), Steelers (-4.5/-110)
Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson will look to atone for a four-turnover performance in Baltimore’s 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 1. The setback began a 1-3 stretch for the Ravens (6-4), who to avoid being swept by their AFC North rival for the first time since 2017 and avert their first three-game overall losing skid since Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2018.
Jackson had 65 yards rushing in that contest and eclipsed 50 yards on the ground for the eighth time in 10 games with 51 in a 30-24 overtime loss to Tennessee on Sunday. Gus Edwards had 87 yards and a score in the first meeting with Pittsburgh and is likely to handle a bigger workload with fellow running backs Mark Ingram and rookie J.K. Dobbins being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.
Mark Andrews, who leads the team in catches (38), receiving yards (454) and touchdowns (six), added to those totals with five, 96 and one in the loss to the Titans. The Pro Bowl tight end had just three receptions for 32 yards in the first meeting with Pittsburgh and has yet to find the end zone in four encounters with the Steelers. His matchup with the Steelers’ underrated secondary is a leverage point in this game.
The Steelers are focused on erasing Andrews and matching up with receivers behind their blitz packages outside. Containing linebacker T.J. Watt, the far and away leader in quarterback pressures this season, is another critical task for the Ravens’ injury-dinged offensive line.
The Steelers, who are the 18th team in the Super Bowl era to start a season with 10 straight wins, have answered a puzzling near-loss at Dallas three weeks ago with resounding victories over both Cincinnati and Jacksonville. Ben Roethlisberger recorded multiple touchdown passes for the fifth straight game and ninth time in 10 contests in Pittsburgh’s 27-3 romp against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Rookie Chase Claypool reeled in one of Roethlisberger’s two touchdown passes against the Ravens and also found the end zone versus Jacksonville. The 31-yard score on Sunday was Claypool’s 10th touchdown of the season (eighth receiving, two rushing), making him the fourth wide receiver with at least 10 scores in his first career 10 games in NFL history.
Like Claypool, tight end Eric Ebron has been making a habit of finding the end zone, albeit in a smaller sample size. Ebron’s 18-yard touchdown against the Ravens ignited a stretch in which he has scored in three of his last four games.
Ravens at Steelers Betting Pick for Week 12
James Conner showed some traction on Sunday by answering a three-game stretch in which he averaged 2.8 yards per carry with a robust 6.8-yard effort versus Jacksonville. Conner has scored a touchdown in each of his last three meetings with Baltimore, including a 1-yard run on Nov. 1.
Pittsburgh will inch closer to wrapping up the AFC North title with a win on Thursday, while Baltimore’s bid for a playoff berth will take a significant hit.
Ravens at Steelers Betting Pick: Steelers 28, Ravens 21
Ravens at Steelers Best Bet for Week 12
Pittsburgh’s opportunistic defense leads the NFL in both interceptions (15) and total turnovers (21), and those miscues often turn into points at the other end of the field. The Steelers, who sport a league fourth-best 29.8 points per game, will do their best to keep the scoreboard operator busy in this one.
Ravens at Steelers Best Bet: OVER 45 (-110)