The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18 of the NFL season. Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, with the game airing on ESPN, ABC and ESPN+. Pittsburgh needs a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, while Baltimore is expected to rest its starters as they are locked into the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Steelers are three-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Pittsburgh is installed at -166 on the moneyline, with Baltimore as the +140 underdog.
Steelers vs. Ravens, Week 18: Pick against the spread
Pittsburgh will be starting backup quarterback Mason Rudolph. It remains to be seen how long his leash is, but the Steelers are riding the hot hand under center and have effectively benched Kenny Pickett, who is reportedly healthy. Despite the roller-coaster season that Pittsburgh has had, they did beat Baltimore 17-10 in Week 5.
Baltimore will at least be resting quarterback Lamar Jackson for this game. The No. 1 seed in the playoffs also gets the Ravens a first round bye, so they will next play in the AFC Divisional Round against the lowest seed remaining. Baltimore will also likely be resting key names on both sides of the ball, along with Jackson. Still, they are only three-point underdogs at home.
The Pick: Steelers -3
Pittsburgh has a lot to play for, while Baltimore is playing just to ruin a rival’s season. If the Steelers can’t beat the Ravens’ backups, they don’t deserve to be in line for the playoffs anyway. Mason Rudolph gets a great shot to prove to the franchise he deserves to be retained, and a strong performance could even see the backup starting for the Steelers in the playoffs if they make it. Pittsburgh should be able to cover in this game.