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Steelers vs. Cardinals - 10/18/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Cardinals (4-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Date & Time Sunday October 18, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
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NFL | Arizona Cardinals (4-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)

The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers square off Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Arizona Cardinals look to build on their lead in the NFC West by winning their third road game. Carson Palmer is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,316 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Palmer has three or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have combined for 791 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while David Johnson has nine receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 134.8 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 405 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 18 points and 332.6 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 35 tackles, Alex Okafor has two sacks and Rashad Johnson has three interceptions. J.J. Nelson and Sean Weatherspoon are questionable.

The Pittsburgh Steelers look to keep the ball rolling after winning three of their last four games. Mike Vick is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Vick has a touchdown pass in back-to-back starts. Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton have combined for 751 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Darrius Heyward-Bey has 17 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 120.4 yards per contest, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 302 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 19 points and 358 yards per game. Lawrence Timmons leads the Steelers with 39 tackles, Stephon Tuitt has 3.5 sacks and Cameron Heyward has three tackles for loss. Will Allen, Ryan Shazier and Cortez Allen are questionable.

The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Steelers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

The Steelers are coming off an emotional upset victory over the Chargers. However, the Steelers are also having to travel from the West Coast and are coming off a short week playing on Monday. Bottom line is those don't help when you factor in the Cardinals are downright the better football team, especially with Vick still at QB for Pittsburgh.

I'll take the Cards and the reasonable line.

Arizona Cardinals -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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