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NFL Betting – Ravens Put Steelers Out of Its Misery

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 07:41

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – Sunday December 2, 2012 4:25PM ESTThe online football betting world gives the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers a lot of credit. The Steelers has endured injuries to almost every key player on the team as well as much of the depth that the roster had. The offensive line has been completely thinned out due to injuries, and the quarterback position is all the way down to the third string. But even with all of those issues, the Steelers continue to fight on and try to secure a playoff spot. At 6-5, the playoffs are slipping away from the Steelers. With none of its injured players planning on coming back for week 13, it looks like it could be a lost cause for Pittsburgh.

The sportsbook experts were surprised to hear that Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis fully intends on playing in the regular season to prepare himself for the playoffs. While the Ravens are extremely glad to have its defensive leader ready to return in the next few weeks, it is the offensive side of the ball that has Baltimore concerned. Quarterback Joe Flacco seems to be losing confidence by the week and Baltimore has been leaning on running back Ray Rice to score points and win games.

That strategy will probably work against an injured Pittsburgh Steelers team, but the Ravens are not going far if Flacco doesn’t pick up his game.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The legal online sports betting experts could blame Pittsburgh’s week 12 loss to Cleveland on the fact that third-string quarterback Charlie Batch had to start the game. But the real culprit was the eight turnovers that the Steelers committed during the game. When fans consider the fact that Batch only threw three interceptions, then it becomes obvious that there are more problems in Pittsburgh than just injuries. All of the Pittsburgh running backs were putting the ball on the ground, and that is something that cannot happen against the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco threw for 355 yards in Baltimore’s week 12 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers, but the Baltimore offense looked out of sync. The 5dimes betting experts are not seeing the ability to put teams away that Baltimore needs if it wants to compete for a spot in the Super Bowl. But the Ravens’ offense seemed to get exactly what it needed to beat a desperate San Diego team, and it will need the same kind of effort to fend off a Pittsburgh team that knows it needs this game to stay in the playoff hunt.

The Bottom Line

The Pittsburgh Steelers has a long history of winning championships in the NFL. This 2012 Pittsburgh team has the talent to be a playoff contender, but that talent has spent most of the season in a hospital bed. Look for Baltimore to take advantage of Pittsburgh injuries to finally put the Steelers out of its misery for 2012.

Read more on the Steelers and its significant injury problem in 2012 at BSN Sports blog.

My Pick: Baltimore Ravens

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