The Baltimore Ravens (6-4) are sputtering at the moment, and it won’t get any easier when they face the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) on Thanksgiving night. Kickoff from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Below, we take a look at the early Week 12 Ravens-Steelers betting odds and lines at BetMGM Sportsbook.. UPDATE (2 p.m. ET): Odds came off the board after.Both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have seen players and coaches test positive for COVID-19 over the last week, forcing the NFL to reschedule their Week 12 matchup twice. Yet, with even more people continuing to test positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, the NFL is …
Steelers 28, Ravens 13: Even a Ravens team at full strength would have a tough time beating this undefeated Pittsburgh squad, let alone one without quarterback Lamar Jackson. The expected return of running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II from the reserve/COVID-19 list will take some of the burden off backup Robert Griffin III’s shoulders, but that won’t be enough against a defense ranked first in the league in overall efficiency. The Ravens defense needs to win this game for them, but that’s asking too much from a short-handed group.
Daniel Oyefusi, reporter
Steelers 27, Ravens 15: Three postponements and 22 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list later, the Ravens (whatever’s left off them) will finally face the Steelers, six days after their scheduled Thanksgiving Day clash. Close to a dozen practice squad players are expected to be elevated to fill the team’s active roster with several key contributors sidelined — including star quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens defense, which amid the team’s coronavirus outbreak was spared compared with the offense, is a prideful bunch and will play hard despite the circumstances. But defeating an unbeaten Steelers team just seems too improbable for a decimated team with limited practice time.
Mike Preston, columnist
Steelers 24, Ravens 14: This has been a crazy week in maybe the most bizarre season in NFL history. The Ravens have basically had only two walk-through practices in preparation for the Steelers. It’s an uphill battle for the Ravens, but at least they have a backup quarterback in Robert Griffin III who fits their offensive system. The obstacles, though, are too much to overcome.
Jonas Shaffer, reporter
Steelers 27, Ravens 10: Even if they hadn’t found themselves in maybe the NFL’s worst coronavirus outbreak, this was going to be a tough game for the Ravens. Now they won’t have the quarterback who can create something out of nothing. Or the offensive line to protect his backup from regular pressure. Or the run stoppers they’ve needed in the past two losses. Or even the long snapper who’s been so vital to the success of the Ravens’ “Wolfpack.” It’s going to be a long day in Pittsburgh.
Childs Walker, reporter
Steelers 31, Ravens 20: The Ravens will probably be better prepared to compete than they would have been on Sunday or even Tuesday. But they’re still taking a ragtag roster to Pittsburgh to play an undefeated team with the best defense in the NFL. That’s not a formula for getting their season back on track.For the first time since Week 1 of the 2012 season, there will be an NFL game played on a Wednesday as the Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers with the incredibly unusual kickoff time of 3:40 p.m. ET on NBC from Heinz Field. Of course, this game has been postponed three times since last Thanksgiving Night due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Ravens. Pittsburgh is a 10-point favorite on the William Hill Sportsbook NFL odds and bettors are backing the Steelers fairly heavy.
A total of 78 percent of all money bet on the spread at William Hill are on Pittsburgh and 68 percent of all tickets. Interesting considering that 19 of the last 25 Steelers-Ravens games have had one-score margins of victory (including Pittsburgh’s four-point win in Week 8). On the very low Over/Under total of 42.5, 78 percent of the money and 79 percent of the tickets are on the Over.
It almost might be easier to say which key Baltimore players will be able to go instead of those who aren’t. The team’s top two running backs, Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins, reportedly will be able to play but wouldn’t have on Thanksgiving.
The Ravens also could activate some off the reserve/COVID-19 list early Wednesday, but according to the team site seven Pro Bowlers remain on it as of Tuesday night. That includes quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon. Those guys are not playing. Neither is arguably the team’s most consistent receiver, Willie Snead IV.On Monday, Nov. 23, they were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which requires a 10-day isolation period or until two tests return negative within a 24-hour period. Initially declared out for the originally-scheduled Thanksgiving game, the two were a longshot to play in the first rescheduled matchup.
*10-day isolation period
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 30, 2020
The Ravens will still be without Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews, receiver Willie Snead, and pass rushers Calais Campbell and Matt Judon — to name a few.
Ingram was out for the first game of the series with an ankle injury. Dobbins, as you remember, replaced him and gashed the Steelers for 113 yards on 15 carries.
While the Ravens still have 20 players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, having Dobbins and Ingram’s talents in the backfield is a tremendous advantage that they would not have had if they played on Tuesday.