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Week 4 NFL picks for the Sun’s handicapping contest

Unhappy Harbaugh

Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg react to a penalty call in the second half of an NFL game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Baltimore.

Week 4: Ravens at Steelers

Which side would you take in Ravens at Steelers? (Poll consensus year to date: 3-0)
Ravens plus-3 — 50.7%
Steelers minus-3 — 49.3%

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Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Every other NFL rivalry has paled in comparison to Steelers vs. Ravens over the last decade.

Pittsburgh and Baltimore have met 22 times under coaches Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh, respectively, since 2008. They’ve each won 11 times, with the Ravens edging the Steelers at the sports book with a 10-9-1 against the spread record.

The average point spread on their games has been Pittsburgh minus-1.5. Everything is in place for another memorable chapter when the two meet for the first time this season, with Pittsburgh laying 3 points at home in a game that kicks off at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday Night Football.

Baltimore (2-1 straight-up and against the spread) and Pittsburgh (1-1-1 straight-up, 1-2 against the spread) are practically co-favorites to win the AFC North. Pittsburgh is currently plus-160 (risking $1 to win $1.60) with Baltimore at plus-175 at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

The two franchises have combined to win seven of the last 10 divisional crowns.

Ravens at Steelers is the game of the week in the Sun’s handicapping contest, making it a required pick for each of the three competing sports writers. Each contestant is required to make six plays, either point spreads or totals, each week.

Check below for all of the week 4 picks. Games are listed in order of their rotation numbers at sports books.

Case Keefer (2012, 2014, 2015 champion, 2013 and 2017 co-champion)

Season:11-7

Last Week: 5-1

Patriots minus-6.5 vs. Dolphins

Texans plus-1 at Colts

Cowboys minus-3 vs. Lions

Saints minus-3 at Giants

Steelers vs. Ravens over 50.5 points

Broncos plus-4.5 vs. Chiefs

Ray Brewer (2016 champion, 2013 co-champion)

Season: 9-8-1

Last Week: 4-2

Colts minus-1 vs. Texans

Lions plus-3 at Cowboys

Titans plus-3.5 vs. Eagles

Giants plus-3 vs. Saints

Steelers vs. Ravens under 50.5 points

Broncos plus-4.5 vs. Chiefs

Mike Grimala

Season: 8-9-1

Last Week: 2-4

Texans plus-1 at Colts

Bengals plus-4 at Falcons

Titans plus-3.5 vs. Eagles

Raiders minus-3 vs. Browns

Saints minus-3 at Giants

Ravens plus-3 at Steelers

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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