It’s another week of Thursday Night Football, and the NFL Odds from Bovada are ripe for the picking! I have found two player props, and one team prop that I am exceptionally excited about, and you get to see them for free!
Le’Veon Bell O/U 69 ½ rushing yards
Last week young Le’Veon Bell took the reins of the Steelers’ offense when they needed it the most, and went over 100 yards for the game. Now going against the Ravens, he is suspiciously down to under 70 rushing yards at Bovada. This means that it’s another great day to wager the 'over' tonight with Bell’s rushing yards. Last week the Ravens’ defense gave up almost 400 total yards, and the ground game might be an area of weakness for their defense. I expect the Steelers to control this game even though they are on the road, and with that should come another 20 touches for Bell. He would only have to average 3.5 yards per carry to cash the over with 20 touches, and I am all over it.
Most TD Passes; Ben Roethlisberger vs. Joe Flacco
For Week 2 I’m going with the passing yards battle between the two quarterbacks in this game, and after both had around 350 passing yards last week, the touchdown battle might be the safer play. Roethlisberger and the Steelers are probably more likely to run the ball in the end zone than throw it, but they also take a lot more big shots down field. The Ravens’ offense is in complete disarray right now (for on and off the field reasons) and I think the Steelers will be able to use their very good secondary to slow down the Ravens’ passing attack. While they both may not be able to stop the run, there is a good chance that Roethlisberger ends up with one or more touchdowns that Flacco. Dating back to last season, Flacco only has two touchdowns in his last four games.
O/U 3 ½ field goals
If you know me, you’ll know that I love looking at the NFL odds on offer for field goals, especially for this game. Last season in two games against one another, the Steelers and Ravens made 12 field goals in two games. In one of them, Justin Tucker hit five field goals, and accounted for eight of the 12 kicked and made during their two games against the Steelers last season. Although the defenses maybe not as good this season, in a rivalry game on a short week, you know there will be some scoring, and some kicking done. Compared to the kicking game these two had against one another last season, 3 ½ field goals from Bovada is very low. Even though the over would only cash at -130, it’s still a great value considering. This is by far my favorite prop tonight from Bovada, whether it’s team or player based, and I would add it to your NFL Picks for tonight’s game. Because of the Ravens’ offensive woes in the run game, I bet they stall frequently in the red zone against Pittsburgh, leading to another big day for Tucker.