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MNF Pittsburgh @ San Francisco 12/19 Analysis

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On 12/19/2011 11:57 AM in NFL
At first look I thought this was going to be a tough game to choose but deeper digging at it becomes a bit more clear. The wild card to remember in this game is Big Ben weather or not he will play he was seen limping this past Wednesday. I would say he would play since he finished out the Steelers last game on Thursday after he was injured. He also will have 11 days off since sustaining the injury.

Red-zone efficiency has been a problem all season for San Francisco, which is converting a league-worst 35.6 percent of its chances into touchdowns and has done so in just three of its last 19 trips.

Running back Frank Gore’s struggles down the stretch could be worsening the red-zone difficulties. After averaging 126.8 yards in five straight victories between Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, he hasn’t topped 88 yards in the five games since, averaging 54.4. Gore suffered a knee injury in a win over the New York Giants on Nov. 13, and coach Jim Harbaugh says his top rusher is “not 100 percent,” without specifying further.

Conclusion: My guess is that Big Ben will play and scramble a bit but will not be able to take off and run down the field and will even use back up charlie batch in a series or two during the game.

Prediction: The Under looks to be the better bet but to betting on Pittsburgh is a good bet too.

Pittsburgh 17
San Francisco 9
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