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: 45.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in NFL action at Ford Field on NBC.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look for a third straight victory to build on their lead in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won seven of their last eight road games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,745 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Roethlisberger has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 999 receiving yards and four touchdowns while JuJu Smith-Schuster has 17 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 113.7 yards per contest, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 684 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 16.6 points and 258.7 yards per game. Ryan Shazier leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 57 tackles, Vince Williams has four sacks and Mike Hilton has one interception.
The Detroit Lions need a big win here to snap back-to-back losses and get a game above a .500 record. The Detroit Lions have won seven of their last 10 home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,428 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 643 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 23 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 324 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 24.8 points and 338.5 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Detroit Lions with 36 tackles, Anthony Zettel has four sacks and Darius Slay has three interceptions.
The Steelers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games in October and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers seemed to have turned the corner and are now the trendy pick with the public to be the new best team in the league. That title seems to change every week. However, the Steelers do have some questions on offense with Martavis Bryant being ruled out due to off the field issues and JuJu Smith-Schuster is questionable with a concussion, which means Pittsburgh could be without two of its top-three receivers. The Lions are coming off a bye and have a great ATS record when having extra time to prepare. Two of the Lions three losses this season have also come by four or less points. This feels like one of those games where Stafford plays at a high level and the defense does just enough to keep the Lions in the game. I'll take my free field goal and the home team.