Steelers Being Disrespected by Odds Against Ravens on Thanksgiving

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Pittsburgh Steelers are being disrespected by their odds against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are being disrespected by their odds against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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The good times continue to roll for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They remain as the NFL's lone undefeated team after improving to 10-0 following their Week 11 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In Week 12, they'll have a short week as they face divisional foe the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving Day. However, FanDuel Sportsbook only has Pittsburgh as 3-point home favorites this week, which is purely disrespectful to the team that sits atop the AFC North and has the best record in the entire league.

Given the Steelers' utter dominance this season and the Ravens' recent struggles, the odds are clearly sleeping on Pittsburgh, who already beat the Ravens by 4 in Baltimore earlier this year.

The Steelers aren't undefeated by accident. They have a dynamic offense led by veteran Ben Roethlisberger, who has thrown for the NFL's fourth-most TDs (24) this season. Five receivers have caught a touchdown pass for the Steelers, and each of those five receivers has at least 3 TD grabs this year, led by the dominant Chase Claypool (8). This receiving corps is dangerous from top to bottom.

Then there's that Steel Curtain defense, which is ranked second is Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. Pittsburgh is allowing the fewest points per game this season (17.4), which should pose problems for a Baltimore offense that has failed to score more than 24 points in the last two weeks. The Steelers also lead the league in interceptions, and they'll be anxious to fluster Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who has thrown an INT in his each of his last two games.

The Ravens will come into Week 12 the owners of a two-game losing streak, and there's no reason to expect that their Thanksgiving matchup with the undefeated Steelers will be a tight contest.


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