The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be back as they manhandled the New York Giants Monday night in New Jersey. Denver was in a struggle with the Tennessee Titans that came down to Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal at the end of the game and left the Broncos 0-1
|Game: DEN vs PIT
Location: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pa
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
NFL Betting Lines
Moneyline: Steelers -340| Broncos +280
The moneyline in the sportsbook shows the Steelers are a heavy favorite. That’s understandable as they won easily in Week 1 while the Broncos failed at home 16-14 against the Tennessee Titans. What’s worse is that the Titans were awful with field goals and probably could have been in better control of the game.
The Broncos are dealing with injuries as Von Miller is out for the season while star wideout Courtland Sutton is a question mark. On the road in Pittsburgh, that might spell trouble.
Pick: Steelers to win
Point Spread: Steelers -9
The NFL odds here show that the Steelers are going to have to win by double digits to cover, which is a tall order. However, the Broncos are having some issues on offense, so it’s unclear how they’ll do against an elite defense. The Titans outgained the Broncos 26-19 in first downs and ran 19 more plays. The Broncos will have to play much better in Week 2 against a better defense. It’s unclear if they’re able to.
Pick: Steelers to cover
Over/Under: 41½ points
The total for this game is low at 41.5 points, mostly because the oddsmakers aren’t expecting many points from the Broncos. Their team total sits at 17. The Steelers should move the ball fairly well but it’s just a matter of whether the Broncos do enough to get us over the number. If Pittsburgh can push for somewhere in the 28-30 point range, we should hit the over.
Pick: Over 41½
Final Score: Pittsburgh 31, Denver 14
Props Talk for Broncos at Steelers
There is a big selection of NFL props for this contest, so let’s take a look through the options.
First Score: Steelers Touchdown +140
The Steelers are at home and should get off to a good start. The Broncos’ defense isn’t what it used to be – especially with Miller out – and the Steelers’ offense looked fairly crisp last week. Ben Roethlisberger was 21-of-32 for 229 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. The team also ran for 141 yards. Look for Pittsburgh to get the first score.
Total Touchdowns In The Game Over/Under 4½
The 4.5 touchdowns might seem like a high number but the Steelers and Giants were able to get there last week. The Steelers had three touchdowns and the Giants got two. One of the Giants’ touchdowns came in garbage time and we’ll probably see something like that again from Denver as we’ll need it late to help us get the over.
Shortest Touchdown Of The Game: Over/Under 1½
The Steelers have stellar red-zone defense and actually stuffed the Giants on the doorstep. The Giants had a first-and-three and were forced to kick a field goal. There was also an interception of Daniel Jones at the goal line. The Steelers’ defense is rugged in short-yardage situations. As for Pittsburgh, all of its scores came from distance (at least some distance) as the Steelers found paydirt from 10, 13 and eight yards out. Look for the over in this spot.