It could be time to panic for the Indianapolis Colts going into their Sunday Night Football betting affair with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That being said, if the 1-1 Steelers were to drop this one against a team that many now think is the worst in the league, it would certainly be time to hit the big red button as well. Check out our Sunday Night Football picks and our Steelers vs. Colts picks.
Year To Date Record: 6-7 ATS
Upset Record: 2-5 -$250
Week 3 NFL Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts
Date: Sunday, September 25th, 8:25 ET
Location: Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, IN
NFL Week 3 Lines: Pittsburgh -10
Week 3 NFL TV Schedule: NBC
Steelers Notes: Pittsburgh looked a whole heck of a lot better in Week 2 than it did in Week 1 against the Ravens, and for good reason. It was going against a Seattle team that is quite putrid at home instead of playing in the Giant Crab Cake in Baltimore. That being said, in spite of the 24-0 victory, we still have some questions to ask of the Steelers. We just aren’t all that sure that QB Ben Roethlisberger is comfortable behind an offensive line that looks lost without OT Willie Colon (for the second straight season), and we don’t think that RB Rashard Mendenhall really looks as sharp either. Remember, this was a unit that turned the ball over seven times just two weeks ago. That being said, the defense still looks awesome, and the fact that it allowed all those points to Baltimore should be attributed to the offense, not the lack of defensively intensity.
Colts Notes: Is there anything good to say about the Colts right now? The truth of the matter is that QB Kerry Collins is doing the best that he can with what he has to work with… which isn’t much… And it is a testament to just how good QB Peyton Manning really is. There is likely zero doubt whatsoever that he is the most valuable player in the game at this point. The defense for Indy hasn’t shown a whole heck of a lot either, though the offense is consistently putting it in awfully bad shape just like Pittsburgh’s offense did against Baltimore. If you’re looking for something to keep an eye on, check out the distribution between RB Delone Carter and RB Joseph Addai. It definitely seems like Carter is the back of the future, and he could be in for a baptism by fire going against the Steelers defensively.
The Final Word: Since we’re not really that sold about the Steelers offensively, and we know that the Colts aren’t doing much in the way of scoring, the easiest play to make in this one happens to be the ‘under’. Laying double digits on the road is tough. The Colts might be bad, but they are professionals and will stick inside of a number like this from time to time. However, seeing them scoring more than about 10 points would be surprising.
Week 3 NFL Pick: Pittsburgh/Indianapolis Under 39
NFL Football Prediction: Pittsburgh 20 – Indianapolis 10