Steelers Odds Favorites over Broncos by a Field Goal
The best betting websites favor the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Denver Broncos by a field goal. These two teams have one thing in common. They still run the ball in a pass-heavy league. The Steelers rank 26th overall in rushing yards per game with 97.7. However, running back James ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ Conner is 4th in the NFL with 796 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank No. 8 with 124.8 rushing yards per game. “I think the run game, even in this climate of passing and what the passing game is now, still allows you to control the game,” Denver head coach Vance Joseph said. “It’s still important. Because if you can’t stop the run, it makes it impossible for the [defensive] playcaller, you have almost no options. Stopping the run still allows you to dictate some on defense.”
The Steelers have won six games in a row and sit atop the AFC North. They have bounced back from a rocky start. And they have done so in a way that has some thinking this is the best Pittsburgh team since 2008. Like Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He may be seeing things through pink-tinted glasses, though. “It’s also worth noting the Steelers have cut down on penalties and sensational non-football stories,” Starkey writes. Sure, if we don’t count Antonio Brown. In all fairness, though, Pittsburgh is playing great two-sided football. They rank 4th in points (29.9), 5th in total yards (410.2), and 4th in passing yards (312.5) per game. As well as 10th in points (22.5), 6th in total yards (326.8), 7th in passing yards (227.2), and 9th in rushing yards (99.6) allowed per game.
The Broncos have their own James Conner in running back Phillip Lindsay. He ranks second among rookies in yards on the ground with 670. Lindsay also has five rushing TDs. “He’s growing before our eyes,” Joseph said. “He’s an NFL first, second, third down back. “It’s amazing with his size, what he can do on all three downs — catching the ball, protecting, running through, running in the A, B and C-gap. He’s a good-look football player and obviously it’s Week 11 and he’s still doing it.”
Per the best betting websites, Denver is 7-2 SU in their last nine home games versus the Steelers. And 7-3 ATS in their last 10 as a home underdog.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos NFL Betting Preview
- Date: November 25
- Time: 2:25 p.m. MT
- Venue: Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Lines from MyBookie.ag:
- PITTSBURGH STEELERS -3 (-115) 47 (-105) -173
- DENVER BRONCOS +3 (-105) 47 (-115) +149
- Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games
- Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- The Broncos are 6-15-1 ATS in its last 22 games
- Denver is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Our Pick: Broncos Stadium is a tough spot to play. And there is something to be said for home advantage. But the Steelers seem to have away advantage. They proved it last week. The rallied from a 16-point deficit and bested the Jaguars by four points. Thought you had it there, didn’t ya Blake? Pittsburgh is 10-0-1 SU in their last 11 road games, winning by an average margin of 7.5 points per game. Also, according to the best online sportsbooks, the Steelers are 15-1-1 SU in their last 17 on the road. Pittsburgh has not won in Denver since 2009. However, I think it’s high time the Steelers win at Mile High. If anything, it seems like the best betting websites are being a bit stingy with this spread. Take Pittsburgh and the points.