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The Steelers' playoff chances are holding onto a thread, as they need to beat the Ravens on Sunday and hope for the 2-14 Jaguars to beat the Colts, along with the Raiders and Chargers not tying. The Ravens have lost five straight games and will be without Lamar Jackson on Sunday, as he's dealing with an ankle injury. Tyler Huntley will start at quarterback in his place. The Ravens' playoffs hopes are still alive also, but their chances are even slimmer than the Steelers. The Ravens are coming off a 20-19 loss to the Rams, which was the fourth time in Baltimore’s last five games that the team has lost by two points or less.
According to Oddsshark.com, the Ravens are 3.5-point favorites against the Steelers, and the over/under is 41 points. The Steelers are 1-5 straight up in their last six games on the road, so it makes sense that the Ravens are 3.5-point home favorites.
The total has gone under in five of Pittsburgh's last seven games when playing on the road against Baltimore. The Steelers' defense has allowed 38.5 points per game over its last four road games.
The Steelers are 31-24 all-time against the Ravens. Under Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are 17-15 against the Ravens. Tomlin is 16-14 in his career against John Harbaugh. Ben Roethlisberger is 18-11 in his career against the Ravens.
Since 2008, 21 of the 27 Steelers-Ravens regular-season games have been decided by one score or less. Fifteen of the games have been decided by three points or less. The Steelers are 14-13 in those contests.