Don’t worry, you read the headline right. Are you ready for some Wednesday afternoon football?!? Almost a week after we were supposed to enjoy a Thanksgiving nightcap between the Ravens and Steelers, we get probably the most awkward kickoff in NFL history. Here’s what jumps out on DraftKings Sportsbook.
PIT -9.5 (-122)
I’m buying the half point here just in case the game lands on 10, but there’s no reason the Steelers shouldn’t dominate this game. Prior to the Ravens’ loss to the Titans, I had huge hope for Baltimore in this game. Following that loss, I was still considering backing the Ravens in a desperate spot. Baltimore may still be desperate, but with players absent all over the field, it’s pretty tough to imagine them pulling this one out against an elite defense like Pittsburgh. Of course, Lamar Jackson being on the COVID-19 list makes things even more difficult. It’s been almost five years since Robert Griffin III was considered a starting QB and he still wasn’t even good back then. Not enough offense for the Ravens to cover this one.
Robert Griffin III Interceptions: OVER 0.5 (-175)
We have to lay some juice on this one, but it’s worth it. With all due respect to RGIII, I doubt he can make it through this one without getting picked off by one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. The Steelers lead the NFL with 15 interceptions so far in 2020. Griffin has thrown two passes this season and one of them was intercepted. Not a great start. RGIII has three interceptions in 46 passing attempts in his career with the Ravens, and while that is a small sample size, that’s what we have on him over the past three years. As a double-digit dog, Griffin should have to take some chances downfield as this game goes on.
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Benny Snell Rushing Yards: OVER 57.5 (-125)
This is a weird prop, but this is a weird game. James Conner is on the COVID-19 list, leaving Snell in a starting role. But the matchup against this rundown Baltimore team should also be an easier one, not to mention that instead of the game being a near pick’em, it’s a 10-point spread. That should leave more opportunities for Snell, who has looked good in limited chances. When Conner got hurt in the season opener, Snell came on to rush 19 times for 113 yards against a solid Giants defense. Baltimore ranks below average as a run defense, surrendering 116 yards per game.
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