NFL Odds And Lines For Week 9: Bettors Love The Steelers Over Ravens

Take a look at the betting trends leading up to NFL Week 9, and why it has a lot of gamblers eager to load up on the Steelers to cover the spread at home vs. the Ravens. Plus, lots more analysis, and previews for every game this weekend. All odds come courtesy of SB Nation's odds partners at

Seldom do the situational trends and handicapping analysis mesh so perfectly with a set of recent betting trends. When it happens, it’s a game where NFL bettors often load up with one of their biggest wagers of the year. In Week 9, that game could be the Ravens vs Steelers.

Pittsburgh comes in riding a four-game win streak with last week’s victory over the Patriots proving they can beat a quality foe. It also proved their defense is back in business, where they rank No. 2 in the league in home defense.

Baltimore meanwhile lost a ugly Monday Nighter and followed it up with a creaky 30-27 win at Arizona, where RB Ray Rice bailed them out with three scores. So in the ‘recent quality of play’ situation and strength of schedule situation, the Steelers have the edge.

“From a point spread perspective, we see the Steelers as the slightly superior squad here, meaning they are good line value here,” explained Mike Pickett of “The home team typically gets three points for the home field advantage, so we would expect to see this number -4.5 or -5.” [ The line was sitting at -3 at several shops tracked by at midweek ]

From a revenge perspective, the Steelers will be hungry to return the favour from Week 1 when the Ravens forced seven turnovers and crushed them. Revenge is sometimes an overrated factor, but there are instances, especially in heated division rivalries, where it must be considered.

And check out the other recent patterns favoring Pittsburgh. They have been dominant at home (8-2 ATS past 10), dominant as a favorite (7-2 ATS past 9) and dominant within the AFC North (6-1 ATS past 7 within division).

Much like the Packers vs Chargers game, the Bucs at Saints game and Seahawks at Cowboys game which also point singularly to one against the spread outcome, the Steelers look like safe money on the NFL Week 9 odds menu.

OddsShark Pick: Steelers -3

More quick Week 9 NFL trends:

Dolphins at Chiefs - Miami 6-2-1 ATS past 9 vs KC | Matchup | Preview

49ers at Redskins - 49ers 6-0 ATS past 6 games as favorite | Matchup | Preview

Falcons at Colts - Atlanta 8-3 ATS past 11 games in November, Colts lost 10 in a row SU as dog | Matchup | Preview

Jets at Bills - Over is 16-2 past 18 Jets road games, 7-1-1 favoring OVER when Jets on road within division and 10-1 favoring OVER past 11 Jets as underdog | Matchup | Preview

Browns at Texans - teams played 5 straight unders | Matchup | Preview

Bengals at Titans - teams played 6 straight OVERs at Tennessee | Matchup | Preview

Broncos at Raiders - Oakland 0-8 ATS past 8 seasons after a BYE, but 8-1 SU and ATS past 9 within AFC West | Matchup | Preview

Rams at Cardinals - teams played 6 straight UNDERs, while Rams are 1-8 SU past 9 vs Arizona | Matchup | Preview 

Ravens at steelers - Steelers 8-2 ATS past 10 at home, 7-2 ATS past 9 as favorite, 6-1 ATS past 7 within division | Matchup | Preview

Bears at Eagles (Monday Night Football Trends) – Play UNDER? Bears UNDER is 5-2 past 7 seasons after a BYE week; Bears UNDER is 9-2 past 11 November road games; Bears UNDER is 8-2 past 10 road games; Bears UNDER is 15-5 past 20 games as underdog

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