Ravens vs Steelers: The final week of regular season NFL play is here and it kicks off with a clash between the Ravens and Steelers. As far as meaningless games go for Baltimore, this is about as good as it gets. For the Steelers, this is a must-win if they are to secure their playoff future.
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Ravens vs Steelers: Week 18 info
Date: Saturday, January 6th
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
TV channel: ESPN, NFL Gamepass (NFL+), DAZN
NFL Week 18 odds: Ravens vs Steelers
Spread: Steelers -3 | Ravens +3
Moneyline: Steelers -165 | Ravens +140
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Tyler Huntley over 164 passing yards
I understand that the Ravens will be resting starters this week, but we must not make the mistake of pretending that Tyler Huntley is an incapable backup. In his last NFL start, he gave the Bengals a run for their money in the postseason, throwing for 226 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick.
When he last faced the Steelers, he threw for 130 yards, and 115 against the Falcons in the week prior to that.
The Ravens shockingly lost to Pittsburgh earlier in the season and that won’t be lost on Huntley, who has a real chance to audition for a potential starting role elsewhere with a big outing here. He’s versatile and able to take what the defense gives him. I think he can comfortably hit the 180 mark against a Steelers pass defense ranking 22nd in the NFL.
Pat Freiermuth over 25 receiving yards
Pat Freiermuth has recorded 3+ receptions in 5 straight games and has gone over this total 3 times in that span. It feels like he’s beginning to find a floor from a production perspective, and as good as the opposition is, they have struggled against opposing tight ends over the last month or so.
They’re giving up an average of 48 yards to TE’s per game, and it’s only a couple of weeks ago that George Kittle ripped them apart. Durham Smythe then did his best Kittle impression one week later, while the Jags TE’s also combined for 56 yards. In fact, the last time that Baltimore gave up a number below this total to opposing TE’s was week 9.
Now, given that the Ravens will likely be resting starters, Freiermuth has a shot to really put up some damaging numbers, and this total is way too modest.
Baltimore Ravens over 13.5 team points
The Ravens will be coasting in this game, but it’s an offense that ranks third in yards per play and first over the last 3 weeks. Being without Lamar Jackson and potentially other key pieces will certainly hinder that, but let’s not forget just how efficient this system is, and how well Tyler Huntley can execute it.
The Ravens, to me at least, should be easily able to score around 17-20 points against the Steelers even without Lamar Jackson. Their 10-point blip earlier in the year has been long forgotten, with Baltimore putting up a 50-burger against the Dolphins and breezing past the Niners.
Najee Harris anytime TD scorer
With 3 touchdowns in the last 2 weeks, Harris is heating up at just the right time. The Steelers have caught fire, largely on the back of his fiery performances, and now Pittsburgh needs one more than ever.
The Ravens do have an elite run defense, but if they do rest starters, it’s going to be like parting the Red Sea for Najee Harris, who has 7 touchdowns on the year already.
I like him to find the endzone again on Saturday.
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