Pittsburgh Steelers vs Detroit Lions
10-29-17 Betting Predictions
When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, October 29, 2017
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Betting Line: Pittsburgh -3
Steelers vs Lions Betting Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been jekyll and hyde this Halloween season. Will he throw those interceptions or will he hit Brown for a big play? Both have been occurring a lot this year. The Steelers (5-2) Antonio Brown continues to be one of the top wide receivers in the NFL and is leading the league with 52 catches for 765 yards. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster likely will get the start at the other wide receiver spot,
The Lions (3-3) have forced an NFL third-best 14 turnovers, including nine interceptions. One way to cut down on the interceptions is to give the ball to Le’Veon Bell, who has at least 180 yards from scrimmage in three of his last four games and I expect the Steelers to start off with a heavy dose of Bell running the ball. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has also had turnover problems and threw three interceptions in a 52-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Lions Golden Tate has a shoulder injury and even if he starts it remains questionable as to how effective he will be. Running back Theo Riddick’s 23 catches only trails Tate on the team and I expect him to be a vital part of the passing game on Sunday.
Steelers vs Lions Betting Prediction
What happens when the Steelers run the ball? Look at Bells last four weeks and the results when the Steelers committed to the run.
Week 6 = 32 carries, 179 yards (Steelers win)
Week 5 = 15 carries, 47 yards (Steelers lose)
Week 4 = 35 carries, 144 yards (Steelers win)
Week 3 = 15 carries, 61 yards (Steelers lose)
Big Ben needs Bell to get his yards early for him to be able to hit the bombs to Brown later. On the other side the Lions have had time off and have an underrated defense. Both teams will be running the ball more than expected in the first half and the score will be kept down as the Lions find a way to lose a close game. Taking the under in a this one.