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Free Pick: Pittsburgh 8-7-1 at Baltimore 8-8 1/9/22
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Free Pick: Pittsburgh 8-7-1 at Baltimore 8-8 1/9/22

These 2 teams still have a chance to make the playoffs albeit, they are slim. The Steelers are in if they beat Baltimore and if the Colts lose. The Ravens have to beat the Steelers and hope the Colts, Chargers, Dolphins, and Browns lose. Bottom line: if the Colts win these two crappy teams are out.

TOTAL TEAM POINTS:

Baltimore: 23.5 Total Team Points The Ravens are scoring 23 points per game and they have failed to score 24 points in ten of their 16 games. As of this writing, it is still questionable if Lamar Jackson is going to be able to play. Backup, Tyler Huntley will be available if Jackson can’t go. The Steelers have struggled on defense all year and the Ravens could beat this total but I don’t think so. I’m taking Baltimore UNDER 23.5 Total Team Points

Pittsburgh: 17.5 Total Team Points The Steelers’ offense has been up and down all year and are averaging 20 points per game. They have scored over 18 points in nine of their sixteen contests for the season. This could very well be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game and he is going to play well. I like Pittsburgh OVER 17.5 points.

OVER/UNDER 41.5 Total Combined Team Points This line is about where it should be. No bet on this one.

POINT SPREAD: Baltimore is a 5.5-point favorite I’m a little surprised at the margin of this spread. The Ravens have lost five in a a row and it is a must win for the Steelers. I’m not sure Baltimore will care.

PAPA DUDES PICK: Pittsburgh +5.5

AARON’S PICK: Pittsburgh OVER 17.5 team points

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