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NFL Betting Expert Pick - AFC North Bet – Steelers vs. Ravens

Posted by Brett Nielson on 10/5/2010 5:25:36 PM

This NFL betting game between the Steelers and the Ravens comes down to two individual matchups between Joe Flacco vs. Troy Polamalu and Rashard Mendenhall vs. Baltimore's linebackers.

(3-0) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2-1) Baltimore Ravens
Live from Heinz Field - Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST Sunday, October 3, 2010
Broadcast: CBS

NorthBet NFL Game Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5
Baltimore Ravens +2.5
Total 34

Throughout his career, Joe Flacco has had consistent trouble when facing Troy Polamalu and the Steelers defense.

In his four games against Pittsburgh, Flacco has only scored 4 touchdowns while throwing 4 interceptions. He also retains a terrible average passer rating of 59.2 at Heinz Field.

So far this season, Flacco has already thrown 5 interceptions while completing 54.6% of his passes, giving him a 66.3 passer rating.

Troy Polamalu, on the other hand, is having one heck of season thus far. Opposing quarterbacks have hardly thrown in his direction but, Polamalu has already accounted for two interceptions.

The Steelers typically leave Polamalu with middle zone coverage, covering about 5 to 15 yards above the line of scrimmage.

Seeing as how Baltimore does not possess any true deep threats, Flacco typically likes to run inside routes for short-to-middle gains with newly acquired receiver Anquan Boldin. Trust Troy Polamalu to read Flacco like a book and pick him off a couple of times this NFL betting Sunday.

The second key matchup in this game is Rashard Mendenhall vs. Baltimore's linebackers.

Mendenhall has been tearing it up in his past three games, carrying the Steelers to a 3-0 start.

The 23-year-old rusher has attained 332 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns (one of which was a game-winning 50-yard overtime touchdown) so far this season. He remains the fourth-best running back in the NFL.

Baltimore's linebackers have been playing much to the opposite. What used to be a haltering run defense now maintains a very sieve-like appearance.

The Ravens have given up 383 yards on the ground in only 3 games. Cleveland's Peyton Hillis gained 144 rushing yards and a touchdown against Baltimore a week ago.

Troy Polamalu and Rashard Mendenhall should win this week's matchup versus Joe Flacco and Baltimore's linebackers.

NFL Betting Expert Pick: Bet on the Pittsburgh Steeler (-2.5).

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