NFL Betting Predictions: Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Tonight at 7:30 Eastern, the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Heinz field. The Steelers are a -145 favorite to win this giving up -3 points in the spread to the Steelers, with the over under set at 35 1/2 points.
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense have not been impressive compiled (Per game averages) of 15 points (21st), 294 total yards (22nd), 181 passing yards (20th), and 113 yards in the running game (17th). Steelers starting QB Ben Roethlisberger has been very good in his very limited play completing 10 passes on 15 attempts for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns against 0 INT’s for a QB rating of 104.3. Backup QB Byron Leftwich has been good as well completing 10 passes on 17 attempts for 137 yards and a touchdown against no interceptions good for a 104.3 QB rating.
The notorious ” Steel Curtain ” defense of the Steelers have been playing uninspiring football giving up (per game averages) of 15 points (11th), a huge 393 total yards (31st), getting scorched for 274 yards passing (31st), and 119 yards rushing (20th). Two players on the Steelers defense have a half a sack bringing the Steelers preseason sack total to a whopping 1 sack.
The Atlanta Falcons offense has been middle of the league in term of ranking so far this preseason tallying (per game averages) of 18 points (17th), 299 total yards (20th), 211 passing yards (12th), and 88 yards a game rushing (27th). Falcons QB Matt Ryan has looked good throwing for 13 completions in 25 attempts for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns to 0 INT’s for a QB rating of 106.4. Ryan’s back up QB Chris Redman has shown he can control and not lose a game, but won’t do much to win one either. The running game has been completely average at best.
The Falcons at least have some respectable numbers on the defensive end as they have allowed (per game averages) of 21 points (23rd), 288 total yards (11th), 229 passing yards (27th), and a meager 59 yards on the ground (2nd). The Falcons defense have shown a nack for getting to the QB this preseason compiling 5 total sacks.
In a game with two really good teams playing really mediocre football this is a tough one to pick. I will go out on a limb and say the Steelers do just enough to win this one at home. Put your money on the -145 moneyline on them, and the under 35 1/2 points looks appealing as well.