4. Baltimore Ravens (+1)
The Ravens are scoring fewer and fewer points as the season goes on and today they were helped out by a scoop and score against the Colts in a win, but that is sort of the point with their improved ranking.
John Harbaugh seems to be able to change with the wind and adapt to make his team whatever it needs to be to win. Despite losing a close game to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the final play of the game, the Ravens were able to bounce back and win a game on the road against the Colts and they did it with a pretty mediocre day from Lamar Jackson and solid defense.
Right now I think the Ravens are talented at every level on both sides of the ball and like the old Patriots teams, it feels like they can change to be whatever they need to be to beat you or at least keep the game close.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (-2)
The Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns into the dirt four weeks ago, but since then they haven’t exactly been convincing.
They beat the Titans by 3 points on a game that was ultimately decided by a flag and a missed field goal. Against the Ravens, they needed 35 yards of penalty help to get the go-ahead score and still almost allowed a last-second TD. Then against the Cowboys this week they had to be bailed out repeatedly with weak flags despite Dallas being on their 4th quarterback.
I don’t think that Big Ben has his full arm strength and Tony Romo did a great job pointing out matchups he should be attacking if he did have a healthy arm. Instead, it was an endless array of dump-offs and check-downs that should not have worked, but again…when you have 13 yards of penalties compared to 70 yards by the other team including two 15-yard penalties on the final drive, life is pretty easy.