Expect NFL Odds to Shift as Steelers vs. Ravens Nears

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 8, 2014 6:34 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 8, 2014 6:34 PM UTC

The Ravens get another crack at a home win in Week 2, but again they face a tough opponent in Pittsburgh. Will Baltimore open the season 0-2, or will Joe Flacco and company get the win over the 1-0 Steelers?

Week 2 kicks off tonight, and what a game we've got to get things going. The Ravens and Steelers are familiar foes, and this game promises to be a battle from start to finish.

The NFL odds have stayed the same, as Baltimore is still favored by 2.5 points, with the total at either 44 or 44.5 depending on the sportsbook.

On the injury front, Baltimore could get a boost if Lardarius Webb is able to make his season debut. Webb, the Ravens' top corner, is currently listed as questionable, but was able to practice on Wednesday. If available, he would be a big help against Antonio Brown and the Steelers.

For Pittsburgh, there are no major concerns, as Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Brown are all considered probable to play tonight.

In the end, we this one will come down to the wire, but we can't help but feel Baltimore will find a way to win at home. Ravens fans were left disappointed in Week 1, but we believe the team will come through in Week 2, regardless of the Ray Rice situation. 

The Steelers weren't very convincing in their win over Cleveland, and Baltimore will be an even tougher test. Back the home team.

NFL Pick: Ravens -2.5 at 5Dimes

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The NFL odds for Thursday Night Football are already out, and we can currently find Baltimore favored at either 2.5 or 3 points, depending on the sportsbook.

There's already been some up-and-down movement with the game's total, but for now the O/U is quoted at 44 points.

Baltimore Ravens in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -6.0 margin of victory

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, +3.0 margin of victory

Both the Ravens and Steelers were involved in close games in Week 1.

Baltimore opened its season at home against Cincinnati. The Ravens battled back in the second half after going down 15-0 by halftime, but ultimately lost 23-16. Coming in, Baltimore was favored by a point, but the team's backers were left frustrated at the end of the day.

Joe Flacco was very active throughout in trying to lead the comeback. He completed 35-of-62 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), but ultimately he couldn't do enough to lead the Ravens to a win.

The running game didn't execute that well, as Bernard Pierce fumbled early and was benched, though Justin Forsett did come in and run for 70 yards and a score on 11 caries. Receiving wise, Steve Smith led the way with 118 yards and a touchdown.

As for the Steelers, they nearly let one get away, and indeed they let backers down by failing to cover the 5.5-point chalk.

After going up 27-3 heading into halftime, Pittsburgh surrendered 24 unanswered points in the second half, before saving their blushes with a game-winning Shaun Suisham field goal as time expired. Remember though, this was against a Cleveland team that was starting Brian Hoyer and one that was missing Josh Gordon.

Ben Roethlisberger finished with 365 passing yards while adding one touchdown and one interception, while Le'Veon Bell (198 total yards and a touchdown) and Antonio Brown (five catches for 116 yards and a score) both had big games too. Pittsburgh obviously has some things to work on defensively, however, heading into Week 2.

Looking ahead to Thursday, it's the Ravens that are favored, but there's certainly a chance these NFL betting lines will shift before kickoff. At first glance, it may be tough not to grab those points that come with Baltimore at home, but we'll have our final NFL pick available for reading in a couple of days. Be sure to check back.

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