Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:25 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 48
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts face off on Sunday at Heinz Field in a Week 8 NFL matchup.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-3 this season and have ben alternating wins and losses all season long. The Steelers are coming off of a big win over the Texans but outside of a 2-minute span at the end of the first half they were outplayed for the better part of the game. The Steelers offense is averaging just 22 points per game which ranks them 22nd in the NFL and 386.7 yards per game which ranks them 8th. QB Ben Roethlisberger is completed 65.9 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Le’Veon Bell is much improved in the Pittsburgh backfield rushing for 5.1 yards per carry and catching 36 passes though he has found the endzone just once each way while Antonio Brown has 50 catches and five touchdowns. The Steelers defense allows 23.1points and 345 yards per game that ranks them in the middle of the pack in the NFL and they are plus one in turnover ratio. Lawrence Timmons has 63 tackles, Cortez Allen has 39 tackles, and Troy Polamalu has 44 tackles. The Steelers are hoping they can become a factor once again in the AFC North.
The Indianapolis Colts lost their first two games this season and since then they have bounced back with five wins in a row. The Colts offense is averaging 30.9 points per game that is second best in the NFL and 452.9 yards, which is the best in the league. Indy QB Andrew Luck has completed 65.9 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Trent Richarddson has rushed for 358 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for 336 yards splitting carries in the Colts backfield. T.Y. Hilton leads the Colts in receiving with 47 catches and Reggie Wayne has 38 but Bradshaw has six receiving touchdowns and Dwayne Allen has five. The Colts defense allows 19.4 points which is fourth in the NFL and 311.1 yards which is third. D’Qwell Jackson has 52 tackles and three sacks, Jerrell Freeman has 27 tackles, and Bjoern Warner has four sacks. The Colts are looking like a contender this season.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 5-1 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record, and 0-4-1 against the spread playing on a Sunday following a Monday Night game. Indianapolis is 4-0 against the spread following a win, 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, and 23-8 against the spread against the AFC.
I am looking to see some points in this one and my free pick is going to be the over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well on the App.
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