|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL This Saturday in the second week of the NFL playoffs, we have the Divisional Playoffs. Last weekend was the first weekend of the playoff season, the wildcard weekend. Game one of the post season Week 2 features a battle of the AFC North, the Ravens vs. the Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens took down the Kansas City Chiefs 30-4 this will be the third time the teams are meeting up this season, and the second time in 3 years that they have met in the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Cleveland Browns 41-9 in Wildcard weekend last week, which lead to the big Saturday matchup at 4:30PM Eastern Standard, airing on CBS.
When placing your Super Bowl bets on this matchup note that during the regular season meetings both teams got a win on the road, and this weekend the game is at Pittsburgh. These are two teams with what is most likely the best defenses in the NFL this year. The Steelers’ defense has been strong and consistent all season long. Averaging 14.5 points per game, with 62.8 yards per game in run defense, and 276.8 yards per game for total defense. The Ravens, on the other hand, haven’t been quite as strong during the regular season, but are really picking up momentum in post. The Ravens finished third in scoring defense at 16.9 points per game, and fifth in run defense at 93.9 yards per game.
Sportsbook listed the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 3.5 point faves over the Ravens, with the total over under at 36.5, but note that both teams played under during the regular season matchups.
Here is a playoff season betting tip: Baltimore has won five straight games since its loss to Pittsburgh just over a month ago, but the Steelers are rested since having a bye week in post Week 1, and they are playing on their own home turf. In recent Steelers news, running back Mewelde Moore missed the last game of the regular season because of a knee injury, but is back in practice and should be good to go for the game this Sunday vs. the Baltimore Ravens.