Steelers vs. Ravens Odds & Sharp Betting Pick: Lamar Jackson Will Sit, But Are Pros Still Betting Baltimore?

Steelers vs. Ravens Odds & Sharp Betting Pick: Lamar Jackson Will Sit, But Are Pros Still Betting Baltimore? article feature image
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  • The Baltimore Ravens will sit multiple key players and starters against the Pittsburgh Steelers today, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Mark Ingram.
  • The initial news of those players sitting out caused the betting odds to flip, making the Steelers favorites, but the activity since they has been surprising to say the least, with both professional bettors and the public opting to pick the star-less Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens have locked up the AFC’s top playoff seed, resulting in a meaningless Week 17 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore will rest many starters, including likely NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. On the other hand, Pittsburgh still has a chance at making the postseason with a win against the Ravens and a Titans loss to the Texans.

The Ravens opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Steelers last Sunday, but that number quickly flipped to Pittsburgh -2.5 and remained there until Friday.


Odds as of Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.


And while many would expect bettors to continue loading up on a motivated team laying less than a field against the one resting starters, that’s surprisingly not the case.

Steelers vs. Ravens Odds & Sharp Betting Pick

Bettors are clearly not deterred by Robert Griffin under center instead of Lamar Jackson, as 62% of all spread wagers have taken the Ravens.

In fact, sharp action is also coming down on Baltimore, evidenced by two smart money indicators triggered on John Harbaugh’s team by Sports Insights’ Bet Signals since Saturday night.

With bettors — both casual and sharp — still playing the Ravens, the spread has dropped from Baltimore +2.5 on Friday to -1 at the time of writing.

Sharp angle: Ravens (moved from +2.5 to -1)