Money, handicapper on Ravens’ side vs. Steelers

With Ben Roethlisberger under center, the Pittsburgh Steelers would’ve been favored by 4 points over the rival Baltimore Ravens in today’s “Thursday Night Football” game (5:25 p.m., CBS (8), NFLN (317)) at Heinz Field. But with Big Ben out with a knee injury and Michael Vick starting in his place, the winless Ravens are laying between 2½ and 3 points at Las Vegas sports books and most bettors are backing Baltimore. The total is between 43½ and 44.

“All the money has been on the Baltimore Ravens,” South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said. “I think you’ll see a lot of Steelers money late. The first rush is coming on Baltimore and I don’t understand why. They can’t stop me or you the last couple of weeks.

“I don’t think the Ravens have enough firepower anymore to be a 3-point favorite on the road against their rivals.”

The Ravens, who eliminated Pittsburgh (2-1) from the playoffs last season at Heinz Field, are 0-3 for the first time in franchise history and desperate for a win as only three NFL teams have made the playoffs in the past 25 years after losing their first three games. Baltimore has lost its three games by a combined 14 points.

“I think you’ve got to look at (betting on) the Ravens,” handicapper Lee Sterling ( said. “They’re not what they were but with the familiarity Vick has with the playbook, which is probably not much, that’s going to be a problem for (Pittsburgh).

“And I don’t think the Steelers defense is that good. Their run defense is not good, they’re not getting much of a pass rush and when you have those problems, they eventually show up. I think Roethlisberger was masking most of their deficiencies.”

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