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Ravens vs. Steelers odds, point spread, game preview

 NFL football bettors are now looking forward to the final game of  Week 4, the Monday night football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is shaping up to be a great AFC North battle, with the Baltimore Ravens (2-0) visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) with the best defense in the NFL and a chance to clinch the early division lead. But before we take a look at the long injury lists published by both teams, let's look at the Ravens vs. Steelers point spread and betting odds.

 At the popular online sportsbook BodogLife we find that the Steelers will play in front of home-town fans as the odds favorite football team. The bookie has the Steelers odds set at -230, while the Baltimore Ravens this time will be the underdog, holding odds +190 to win the Monday night football game. The Ravens vs. Steelers point spread is currently at -6 points chalk the Pittsburgh Steelers with the total expected by the odds makers listed as 34 points. Keep in mind that Baltimore is 0-5 against the spread in its last 5 games on the road, but Pittsburgh is 1-5 against the spread in its last 6 games when playing the Ravens. Also, the total has gone OVER in 10 of Steelers last 14 games when playing Baltimore. Considering that both the Ravens and the Steelers are very strong defensively (No.1 and No.2 in the NFL respectively), the Baltimore's offense is on average 60 points ahead of Pittsburgh, hence the Steelers may fail to cover the spread tomorrow.

 Physical condition is a problem at both teams, but the Ravens seem to be worse. The Steelers will officially play without DT Casey Hampton, DE Brett Keisel and running back Willie Parker, while linebacker Donovan Woods remains doubtful for Week 4. Corner backs William Gay and Deshea Townsend are both probable for Monday night football participation. At Baltimore, meanwhile, quarterback Troy Smith is out for the game against the Steelers, and so are cornerback Samari Rolle, defensive tackle Kelly Gregg and safety Dawan Landry. Ravens wide receiver Yamon Figurs and linebacker Nick Greisen are still questionable for Monday football, while LBs Tavares Gooden and Ray Lewis, RBs Le'Ron McClain and Willis McGahee, as well as cornerback Fabian Washington are all just probable to take part in the Week 4 game.

 Published on 09/28/2008

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