Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 10/29/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) at Detroit Lions (3-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Ford Field)

The Line: Detroit Lions +3 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Primetime NFL action is coming our way on Sunday evening as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Ford Field to visit the Detroit Lions. 

Pittsburgh enters this game with a 5-2 record overall, winning three of their last four games versus the Ravens, Chiefs and Bengals. In that Cincinnati game, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger put up 224 yards and two TDs from 14-of-24 passing, and LeVeon Bell rushed 35 times for 134 yards. 

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On the season, Roethlisberger has put up 1745 yards, nine TDs and eight picks, while Bell has 684 yards and four scores from 169 attempts to lead the Pittsburgh rush. Tops in receiving for the Steelers is of course Antonio Brown, who has 765 yards and three TDs on 84 targets and 52 receptions. 

Over on the Lions’ side, they’re sitting at 3-3 on the year, losing three of their last four versus the Falcons, Panthers and Saints. In that Saints game, Lions QB Matthew Stafford put up 312 yards and three touchdowns but also had three picks. 

So far this year, Stafford is sitting on 1428 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, and Ameer Abdullah has 342 yards and one TD on 90 attempts to head up the Detroit rush. Golden Tate is the top Lions receiver on 363 yards and two scores off 48 targets and 36 receptions. 

The Steelers are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games in October and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Pittsburgh is also 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a bye week and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. Detroit is also 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-6 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

After looking inept in that 30-9 Jaguars loss, the Steelers have recorded a couple of quality wins over the Chiefs on the road (19-13) and Bengals at home (29-14) and seem to be heading in the right direction. The Lions, however, have given up a combined 109 points in their three losses, even though they’ve been scoring well in general this year. The trend here should favor the Steelers, and the line isn’t thick enough to scare me off them. I’ll take Pittsburgh.


Andrew’s Pick Pittsburgh Steelers -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.