NFL Football Betting: Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams

Added September 26, 2015 by Levi Watkins

At the top of Sunday’s NFL betting board we find a matchup between 1-1 teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the St. Louis Rams. The Steelers opened the season with a 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots–after which they spent much time boobing about defective headsets and the Patriots ‘cheating’ despite the fact that the defective audio equipment was the responsibility of the NFL. They recovered the following week to dominate a bumbling San Francisco 49ers team to even their record. The Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks on their home field in the opening week of the season only to take to the road last week and lose badly to the Washington Redskins.

Remember when the Steelers were known for a punishing defense? We’re not even talking the ‘Steel Curtain’ days, but the recent vintage Super Bowl champions. Now, not so much. Things have been bad so far but they’re clearly not the shutdown unit so often seen in the Steel City. Ditto the Rams–they’ve allowed 28 PPG in their first two games. That porous defense by St. Louis negates some of the concern we have about a pedestrian Steeler offensive line that is still trying to compensate for the absence of center Maurkice Powncey. The Rams’ defense could be even worse than we’re anticipating since they were eviscerated by the Redskins ho-hum offense last week.

Pittsburgh can still put points on the board–Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are arguably the best QB/WR combination in the league and the team gets suspended running back Le’Von Bell in the lineup this weekend. Steelers have trended strongly ‘Over’ in non-conference games with 8 of the last 9 contests against the NFC exceeding the total. Likewise, the Rams have gone ‘Over’ in 6 of their last 8 non-conference affairs. They’ve also shown a decided ‘Over’ tendency on their home field with 11 of the last 18 contests (including 6 of the last 8) at home exceeding the total.

We’ll look for the undervalued Steelers to ‘steal’ the outright victory in this game and at this price that’s all we need them to do. We’ll also look for this game to go ‘Over’ the total.


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