NFL Betting Lines Ravens vs Steelers AFC Divisional Playoffs

January 15th, 2011 by

ravens vs steelersWhat do you get when you take two of the top three defenses in the NFL, sprinkle generously with heaping portion of hate, and grudge match spanning more than a decade: this weekend’s AFC divisional playoffs game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers (12-4) and the Ravens (13-4) will be playing for the 8th time in three years this weekend. To say these teams know each other well is an understatement. And simply stating that these teams hate each other does their mutual animosity an injustice. There will be bruises, like broken bones and maybe even a concussion or two…and that’s all before the game even starts. Once the whistle is blown things will get really ugly.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 4:35 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Steelers as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 37.

Anyone looking to wager against the NFL betting odds in this game should expect to see a very low scoring game, as reflected in the betting line.

In the recent history between these two teams the games have been very close and very low scoring. Only once in the teams past 8 meetings have both teams scored more than 20 points and you would have to go all the way back to November 5th, 2007 for the last matchup that either team scored more than 30 points.

You hear all the hype about these teams’ defenses and how great they are but the numbers don’t lie: Pittsburgh is #1 in total D (14.5 ppg) and Baltimore is #3 (16.9 pgg) and these units are going to play a huge role in the outcome of this game.

But these are so evenly matched that the games aren’t just low scoring but extremely close as well. Both games this season have been decided by 3 points and won in the closing seconds. In the past 8 meetings dating back to 2007, the biggest margin of victory for either team has been 4 points.

While this game may be too close to call the one certainty is that it will be a defensive battle and likely a very low scoring and close game based on recent NFL gambling history.

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