Are they really this bad? The Pittsburgh Steelers started the season 11-0, but have lost three straight, including last Monday’s 27-17 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.
Now, Pittsburgh, who was once the best team in the entire AFC, is in danger of losing its grip on the AFC North (Cleveland is only one game back with two to go).
The Steelers offense has been sputtering. The defense has been lackluster. And after three straight losses, every Pittsburgh fan has to be wondering the same thing.
Are they really this bad?
Can the Steelers turn things around vs. Indy?
The Steelers get another chance to reverse their recent course on Sunday, when the 10-4 Indianapolis Colts travel to Heinz Field. According to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, QB Ben Roethlisberger called a players-only meeting Wednesday to help get the offense get back on track. Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster has also vowed to end his controversial pregame dancing, which some believe causes an additional distraction.
So will that be enough for the Steelers to overcome the Colts, who enter as a 1.5 to two-point favorite? Could Pittsburgh actually be a good play on the moneyline? In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll take a look at the odds and available wagers at our PA online sports betting apps to help you answer those pressing questions.
FOX Bet has the Colts as a two-point favorite
Indianapolis and Pittsburgh help kick off the Sunday schedule at 1 p.m. on CBS. FOX Bet has the Colts as a two-point favorite with a moneyline price of -125. The Steelers are +105 and the game’s total is 44.5 points.
At press time, Fox Bet has 369 total wagers for the game, giving you ample opportunities for some football action. Running back James Connor, who should return for the Steelers this week, will pay out +225 odds if he records 75+ yards and a touchdown.
Another bet focuses on Pittsburgh’s passing game with wagers for Ben Roethlisberger to eclipse 275 passing yards and your choice of Steelers receiver to record 75+ receiving yards. Roethlisberger +275 yards and Juju Smith-Schuster +75 receiving yards has a price of +250. Additionally, Roethlisberger +275 yards and Claypool or Johnson +75 receiving yards carries a price of +275. There are many other similar player props posted at FOX Bet, so the entire list is worth a look.
Alternate spreads and totals, as well as team props and quarter/half bets are also available.
Can Hurts lead the Eagles to a Week 16 win?
Late Sunday afternoon, Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts hopes to extend his streak of stellar play in an NFC East showdown with the Cowboys. Hurtz threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in a loss last week to the Arizona Cardinals.
Hurts has seemed to grab a firm hold of the Eagles starting job and his performance likely explains the point spread on Sunday. FOX Bet has the Eagles as a 2.5-point favorite in the game, which will be broadcast at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. The Eagles are -133 on the moneyline, while Dallas is +115. The game’s over/under is set at 49.5 points.
Much like in the Steelers game, there is a lengthy list of player props to choose from if you’d prefer a non-traditional bet.
This game also carries some significant playoff implications in the mediocre NFC East. The Eagles can still make the playoffs, but they’ll need a good bit of help. Philadelphia will have to win its two remaining games (Week 17 is at Washington), Washington will have to lose twice, and the Giants will also need to lose once.
FOX Bet’s futures odds have the Eagles at +700 to win the NFC East, trailing behind Washington (-333) and the Giants (+600). Dallas is a long-shot at +1300.
Big week for Steelers and Eagles
So the NFL’s Week 16 kicks off with Pennsylvania’s two pro teams moving in different directions. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ suddenly explosive offense have Philadelphia somewhat optimistic about the future.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have stalled and sputtered in recent weeks. A win against the Colts would provide much needed momentum. And maybe a little bit of relief too.
But another loss will keep everyone wondering.
Are the Steelers really this bad?
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