The Ravens are slight favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of Sunday’s regular-season finale in Baltimore, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.
The Ravens (8-8), who opened as touchdown favorites, are now favored by four points in a matchup that both teams need to win to keep their faint postseason hopes alive. The game is also expected to be the last of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career. Early in pregame warmups of the team’s win Monday night over the Cleveland Browns, Steelers owner and president Art Rooney II thanked Roethlisberger for a “great 18 years” on Heinz Field’s video board.
The Ravens, whose five-game losing streak started with a Week 13 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh, have the worst playoff odds of any team still eligible for a berth (2%), according to FiveThirtyEight. The Steelers’ odds aren’t much better, at 5%. Both teams need at least a victory Sunday and a win by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson’s status for Sunday’s game remains uncertain. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that there’s “a chance” that Jackson, who’s practiced just once since injuring his ankle in Week 14, can play Sunday. The Ravens are 3-1 against the spread in games Jackson’s missed this season, while Pittsburgh (8-7-1) is 3-4 against the spread in road games.
The over-under for Sunday’s game is 42 points.