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09/22/2011 01:09 AM
Top 5 NFL Trends

WAS
DAL Over is 9-0 in DAL last 9 home games.

DET
MIN DET are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win.

NE
BUF Over is 7-0 in NE last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.

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BUF Over is 7-0 in NE last 7 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.

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BUF NE are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Buffalo.
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09/22/2011 06:40 PM
Trending: NFL home underdogs

Home underdogs have long been a popular proposition when wagering on the NFL. Beginning with the 2008 season, there have been 265 games in which the home team has been the underdog. These home ‘dogs are an underwhelming 122-134 ATS (47.7%) in this time period. While this number alone has not been a profitable proposition either way, breaking it down team-by-team yields some solid plays.

Six teams are 60% or better ATS as home underdogs since
2008 (minimum of four games):
Team ATS Pct.
Atlanta 5-1 83.3%
Tennessee 4-1 80.0%
Cincinnati 9-5 64.3%
Arizona 5-3 62.5%
Chicago 6-4 60.0%
Denver 6-4 60.0%


The six Worst home underdogs ATS (minimum of four games) are:
Team ATS Pct.
Tampa Bay 1-10 9.1%
Buffalo 3-7 30.0%
Miami 4-7 36.4%
Oakland 7-11 38.9%
St. Louis 9-13 40.9%
Detroit 8-11 42.1%


Home underdogs with the Best Over percentages (minimum four games) are:
Team ATS Pct.
Houston 5-1 83.3%
Kansas City 10-3 76.9%
Miami 7-4 63.6%
Detroit 11-7 61.1%
Tennessee 3-2 60.0%


Home underdogs with the Best Under percentages (minimum four games) are:
Team ATS Pct.
Buffalo 10-2 83.3%
Denver 7-3 70.0%
Jacksonville 6-4 60.0%


Interestingly, only New England and San Diego have never been a home underdog over the last three-plus seasons.

Aside from these team-specific numbers, we also found an assortment of other trends that have been established in games with home underdogs:

Home underdogs of more than 13 points are 5-2 ATS (71%).

Home underdogs of exactly 6 points are 5-11 ATS (31%).

Home underdogs are 4-7 ATS (36%) when the total is 50 or more.

Home underdogs are 2-6 ATS (25%) when the total is 35 or less.

Home underdogs are 8-5 ATS (62%)when they receive 43% or more of the public’s backing. The Under is also 8-5 (62%) in these games.

Home underdogs are 7-15 ATS (32%) when the Under receives the majority of the public’s support.

Home underdogs are 11-7 ATS (61%) when the Over receives 85% or more of the public action.

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09/22/2011 06:41 PM
Week 3 Preview: Jets at Raiders

NEW YORK JETS (2-0)

at OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-1)


Kickoff: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -4, Total: 42

Oakland’s power running game will get its first major test when the Raiders host the Jets and a defense that’s consistently one of the best in stopping the run.

The last time these teams met, in 2009, the Jets ran up a whopping 316 rushing yards in a 38-0 trouncing of the Raiders in Oakland. This is the first road game of the year for the Jets, who went 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS away from home a year ago, including 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS prior to Thanksgiving. Gang Green’s defense is coming off what was essentially a bye week after getting no challenge from QB Luke McCown and the Jaguars in a 32-3 Week 2 beatdown. Oakland’s defense allowed Buffalo to score five touchdowns on five drives in the second half, as it squandered a 21-3 halftime lead and lost 38-35. Look for Hue Jackson’s team to quickly forget about what could’ve been and focus on playing the Jets in front of a raucous home crowd. Expect home underdog OAKLAND to pull out the victory on Sunday.

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New York is 4-1 SU (3-0-1 ATS) in the past five meetings with Oakland. The Jets ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing last year (148 YPG), but this year they have the league’s fifth-worst ground game, gaining a pathetic 146 yards on 48 carries (3.0 YPC). Shonn Greene is rushing for 2.9 YPC, while LaDainian Tomlinson has 11 carries for 24 yards (2.2 YPC). They really need to improve in this area, especially with their top three receivers slowed by injuries -- Santonio Holmes (knee/quadriceps), Plaxico Burress (ankle) and Derrick Mason (knee). Though all three WRs are expected to play in Oakland. Nick Mangold, one of the top centers in the NFL, will be out 2-to-3 weeks due to a high ankle sprain. Defensively, the Jets have forced seven turnovers this year, and held Jacksonville to 203 yards of total offense last week. This was a huge improvement from allowing 326 passing yards to Dallas in the season opener.

The Raiders offense only gained 289 yards in the season opener in Denver, but improved that number to 454 yards in Buffalo. Darren McFadden has 299 total yards on 5.3 YPC this season. Rookie WR Denarius Moore has done a nice job replacing injured receivers Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, who are both inflicted by hamstring woes. Moore caught five Jason Campbell passes for 146 yards (29.2 avg) in last week’s loss to the Bills. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and TE Kevin Boss are both questionable due to knee injuries. The Raiders defense appears to be healthy, although S Michael Huff didn’t play his normal amount of snaps in Buffalo because of a groin injury. Oakland ranks 25th in the league in total defense (396 YPG) after allowing the Bills to rack up 481 yards last Sunday.

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09/22/2011 06:43 PM
Week 3 Tip Sheet

September 22, 2011

Heading into Week 3 of the NFL, six teams are listed as road favorites, while only seven clubs are 2-0 out of the chute. Five of the squads laying points on the highway are 3 ½-point 'chalk' as the likelihood that all five cover is low. Three teams (Ravens, Jets, and Packers) made the postseason last year while the other two (Lions and Cardinals) are rarities when it comes to being road favorites. We'll start with that surprising Detroit club, who goes for a 3-0 start.

Lions (-3 ½, 45) at Vikings - 1:00 PM EST

Detroit is favored on the road for the first time since an opening week loss at Atlanta in 2008. The Lions have started 2-0 in three other instances since 2000, but lost each time in the third game as they head to Minneapolis to battle the 0-2 Vikings. Minnesota squandered a 17-0 advantage in last week's home loss to Tampa Bay, the second straight week the Vikings have blown a lead heading into the final quarter.

The Lions have dropped 12 straight meetings at the Metrodome with the last win coming in 1997. Jim Schwartz's team is riding a three-game road winning streak since last December, but Detroit is 1-19 SU the last 20 divisional road contests. Minnesota was listed as a home 'dog twice last season against the Giants and Bears, as each loss came outside of the Metrodome after the roof fell apart in December.

Jets (-3 ½, 41) at Raiders - 4:05 PM EST

New York begins a three-game road trip following victories over Dallas and Jacksonville as the Jets visit the Black Hole to battle the Raiders. Oakland blew a 21-3 lead in last Sunday's 38-35 defeat at Buffalo, but the Raiders managed to cash for the second straight week on the highway. The Jets picked up their seventh win in their last nine at home with a 32-3 trouncing of the Jaguars as nine-point favorites.

Rex Ryan's team has taken care of business as a road favorite in his short tenure with a 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS mark. This is an important game for the Jets as they head to Baltimore and New England in the following two weeks, while Oakland is starting a stretch with five of the next six games at home. The Raiders are just 4-6 SU/ATS the last 10 home games against non-division opponents, while the 'over' has cashed six times.

Ravens (-3 ½, 41 ½) at Rams - 4:05 PM EST

Baltimore looks to put last week's shocking loss at Tennessee behind them as the Ravens head to St. Louis for a non-conference matchup with the Rams. Steve Spagnuolo's offense has struggled by putting up just 22 points since Steven Jackson's touchdown four minutes into the season-opening loss to the Eagles. The Rams are in the midst of a stretch that can turn disastrous with Washington, Green Bay, Dallas, and New Orleans coming up after Baltimore.

John Harbaugh's team has done a solid job on the road off a loss by compiling a 7-2 SU/ATS mark since 2008, including a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS record as a favorite. The Rams are not in a great spot off the defeat to the Giants, as home teams off a Monday night loss are 4-9 ATS since the start of last season, including ATS defeats by the Dolphins and Broncos in Week 2.

Packers (-3 ½, 45 ½) at Bears - 4:15 PM EST

A rematch of the NFC Championship takes place at Soldier Field as Chicago looks to avenge a 21-14 loss to Green Bay in January. The Packers' offense has looked sharp in two victories over the Saints and Panthers, even though Green Bay failed to cash as double-digit favorites at Carolina. Chicago hung around at New Orleans for a half, but couldn't slow down the explosive Saints' attack in a 30-13 defeat as 4 ½-point 'dogs to fall to 1-1 on the season.

The Packers have done well against division foes on the road by compiling a 12-4 ATS record under Mike McCarthy since 2006. However, Green Bay owns a dreadful 0-8 SU mark since November 2007 in the second game of consecutive regular season road contests, coming off the win over Carolina. The Bears own a solid 6-2 ATS ledger in Lovie Smith’s tenure as a home underdog against NFC North foes.

Cardinals (-3 ½, 43) at Seahawks – 4:15 PM EST

It’s tough to think when an early season NFC West game means so much, but Seattle can help itself with a home victory over Arizona. The Seahawks head home to Qwest Field following road losses at San Francisco and Pittsburgh as Pete Carroll’s team has scored just 17 points total in the two defeats. The Cards look to put a tough 22-21 setback at Washington behind them after owning an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter.

These teams have split the last four meetings in Seattle, while Ken Whisenhunt’s club is favored at Qwest Field for just the second time since the Seahawks joined the NFC West in 2002. Seattle owns an 11-6 ATS record the last 17 home games, including consecutive outright ‘dog wins to close out last season against St. Louis and New Orleans.

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09/22/2011 06:45 PM
Atlanta Falcons In Key Matchup At Tampa Bay

The Atlanta Falcons head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in what could be a very important game down the road for divisional supremacy in the AFC South.

The game kicks off at Raymond James Stadium at 4:15 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on FOX. Tampa Bay is a slight 1 ½-point favorite at home on the Don Best odds screen.

Both teams are coming off impressive come-from-behind victories. Tampa Bay was down 17-0 at the half in Minnesota, but outscored the Vikings 24-3 in the second half to pick up the win as a 3-point underdog.

Atlanta was down 31-20 to the Eagles late in the third quarter, but an injury to Mike Vick opened the door for the Falcons to score 14 unanswered points in the fourth to win 34-31 as a 2 ½-point home underdog.

Tampa Bay (1-1) won 10 games last season, but failed to make the playoffs in large part due to the fact that the Bucs weren’t able to win key divisional games. While they beat lowly Carolina twice, they lost both games to Atlanta and the first to New Orleans, only beating New Orleans in Week 17 when the division was already decided.

A win over Atlanta this week would make a statement that Tampa Bay belongs in the discussion for the AFC South Title, and that Josh Freeman is ready to take the next step. Judging by the spread, bookmakers seem to think that statement could be made this weekend.

Atlanta (1-1) hasn’t looked much like the team that went 13-3 during the regular season last year. The Falcons lost an ugly game to the Bears in Week 1, and escaped by the skin of their teeth last week.

One problem has been penalties. Flagged only 58 times last season, Atlanta was far and away the league’s least penalized team; the Falcons have already taken 16 penalties this year.

But if last week proved anything, it was that they still have a clutch performer late in games in Matt Ryan, as he marched down the field twice on one of the NFL’s best defenses.

Atlanta has won five straight games in this division rivalry, but is just 2-3 ATS over that stretch. In fact, Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS over the last eight meetings, dating back to 2007.

The total for this game is currently listed at 45 ½. After seeing the ‘under’ cash in the previous four meetings, the total went ‘over’ in both of Atlanta’s wins over Tampa Bay last season. The final score has gone ‘over’ in five of Atlanta’s last six games on the road and four of Tampa Bay’s last five games at home.

Each of the last five games between these two teams has been decided by 10 points or less, with four decided by six points or less. It could come down to who has the ball last, and both of these quarterbacks have proven capable in those situations.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain in Tampa this Sunday when afternoon highs are expected to climb to the muggy mid-80s.
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09/22/2011 06:47 PM
San Diego Chargers Heavy Chalk Vs Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) and San Diego Chargers (1-1) open up their respective AFC West division schedules this Sunday in a Week 3 contest. Kickoff from beautiful San Diego, is expected at 4:05 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised on CBS.

Kansas City’s injury problems and lack of competitiveness has caused a major correction in the betting odds. The Chiefs opened as 15-point road underdogs and the total has moved up from 44 to 45 ½ in most spots.

It’s pretty remarkable that last year’s division winner is getting that many points against a rival, but bettors have watched the team fail to cover the spread by a combined 73 ½ points in losses to the Buffalo Bills (41-7) and Detroit Lions (48-3). The team has never been outscored by as many points through Week 2 of the season in franchise history and it isn’t likely to turn around due to losing a key player on each side of the ball in successive weeks.

Safety Eric Berry was lost due to a torn ACL versus the Bills, while Jamaal Charles went down with the same injury in Detroit a week ago. Both players were playing in Hawaii in last year's Pro Bowl.

The Chiefs must take care of the football to remain competitive, as they come into this game leading the league in turnovers. San Diego has a propensity for suffering from its own mistakes, causing each team to preach ball security during practice.

Quarterback Matt Cassel will need to raise his level of play with the league’s second-leading rusher no longer in the backfield, but Sunday’s matchup isn’t the best opportunity for him to turn things around. The former New England Patriots signal-caller has averaged 114.3 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions in his last three games against the Chargers defense.

Bettors may find some line value in this contest due to the Chiefs being 10-2 ATS as an underdog of 10½ or more points, while the ‘under’ is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in San Diego.

Philip Rivers has enjoyed more success in this series than his counterpart, averaging 295.2 yards, and leading his team to victories in five of six tries. He completed 29-of-40 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in last week’s 35-21 loss to the New England Patriots as 6 ½-point road underdogs.

San Diego head coach Norv Turner will stress to his team the importance of getting off to a good start as a double-digit favorite, as the squad has trailed going into halftime in both games this season. Playing this game at Qualcomm Stadium will likely jumpstart the team, as the Chargers have built 21-0 and 28-17 halftime leads over the Chiefs in their last two meetings on this field.

Casual bettors will likely lay the points due to the home team being 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

Weather forecasts are suggesting partly cloudy skies and game-time temperatures in the mid-60s. Another beautiful day to play football in Southern California.
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09/22/2011 06:48 PM
Arizona Cardinals Travel To Face Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have looked abysmal in losing their first two games of the season and will count on their 12th man in the stands to help them turn things around when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is known to have some of the loudest fans in the NFL, and the Seahawks (0-2) will need them to be a factor if they are going to register their first victory.

Game time is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. (ET) with television coverage provided by FOX.

The Cardinals (1-1) opened as 3-point favorites according to the Don Best odds screen and have been up to -3 ½ at some sportsbooks. The total opened at 41 ½ and has moved as high as 43.

Arizona appears to be the best team in the NFC West so far despite losing 22-21 at Washington last week. The Cardinals covered the 4 ½-point spread and led the game most of the way until Redskins kicker Graham Gano connected on a 34-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining.

New quarterback Kevin Kolb had his second straight solid performance for Arizona with 251 yards passing and two touchdowns, although he did throw his first interception of the year. Kolb found wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a 73-yard touchdown pass, and the two hooked up seven times for 133 yards total.

The bigger concern for the Cardinals is their defense, which allowed Washington to score on three fourth-quarter drives and surrendered 455 yards of offense. They had given up a rookie record 422 passing yards to Carolina QB Cam Newton in the season opener but managed to win that game, 28-21.

Seattle may have trouble challenging Arizona after scoring a combined 17 points in the first two games. The Seahawks were blanked 24-0 at Pittsburgh last week and finished with just 164 yards.

Kolb was one of Seattle’s options at QB before the team ultimately settled on Tavaris Jackson, who has been a major disappointment so far. Jackson has yet to crack the 200-yard mark through the air, but he may have wide receiver Sidney Rice available for the first time after he sat out the first two games with a shoulder injury.

Rice’s presence could be huge because Jackson has not been much of a factor on the ground either with seven carries for 25 yards. He has been sacked 10 times already for 68 yards, rendering his mobility rather useless. Starting running back Marshawn Lynch also has only 44 yards on 19 carries for the NFL’s worst running game, averaging 47.5 yards per game as a team.

The Seahawks swept the season series last year after losing the previous four meetings with the Cardinals. Seattle won those two games by a combined score of 58-28 but allowed 26 points or more in each of the previous four.

The ‘under’ has cashed in the last three home meetings for the Seahawks.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain in the Seattle area on Sunday with the high temperature expected to reach 66 degrees.
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09/23/2011 07:21 PM
Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest Update
By: Willie Bee | Friday, September 23, 2011 Neither game qualified as a true upset. After all, the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills were both favored in their Week 2 matchups.

But the way the two games ended upset a lot of fans and bettors. The results also were key to the latest standings in the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest.

The Oakland Raiders dragged a 21-3 lead into the locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium and twice held 4-point leads in the fourth quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick was not to be denied, however – Bet you didn't think you'd ever hear that! – and rallied the Bills for the 38-35 win.

Most Bills backers on the NFL odds board saw the final fall a point shy of the 4-point closing line on the odds. Some lucky Bills fans got a 'push,' and all 'over' bettors rejoiced in the second half offensive fireworks.

Most bettors 'pushed' in the Cowboys' overtime 27-24 win at San Francisco, thanks to the performance of Tony Romo. The Dallas quarterback got up off the mat and brought Jerry's kids back from a 10-point deficit in the final quarter to force extended play. Romo then connected with Jesse Holley on a 77-yard strike on Dallas' first play in OT to set up the game-winning field goal.

Dallas opened and closed as 3-point road favorites. It was one of the 11 matchups in Week 2 to go 'over' the total, just like Week 1.

The two biggest upsets last week occurred in Nashville and Atlanta. The Tennessee Titans were 6-point underdogs to the visiting Baltimore Ravens only to emerge with a 26-13 victory. Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck helped new head coach Mike Munchak to his first win as Tennessee shredded the Ravens defense for 432 yards, 358 of those through the air.

A crowd of nearly 70,000 showed up at the Georgia Dome where Michael Vick returned in a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick had to leave the game just before the end of the third quarter, and Matt Ryan helped bring the Falcons back from a 10-point hole.

Atlanta's 35-31 win came as 2½-point underdogs in yet another Week 2 'over.'

One of the five 'unders' for the week was a blowout in the Big Easy where the New Orleans Saints beat up the Chicago Bears, 30-13. Drew Brees and the Saints spotted the Bears a 7-0 lead and then put a close game away with a strong second half. New Orleans registered six sacks of Chicago QB Jay Cutler, and the Saints pass rush hit him another 16 times in what turned into a very long afternoon for the Bears and their signal caller.

Each club found itself settling for a short field goal during the affair that helped keep the final below the 47-point mark.

Last but not least, the New York football Giants bested the St. Louis Rams in the Monday night event, 28-16. Despite neither team scoring in the final 15 minutes, the game still skipped above 43 on the NFL betting line.

Here's a quick look at the leaders following the first two weeks in the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest.



STANDINGS PTS RECORD
PagerMaker 8.5
8-1-1

Sans Souci 8.5
8-1-1

Mister P 8.0
8-2-0

Treasure Hunter 8.0
7-1-2

gameanalysts.com 7.5
7-2-1

Mikey Millz 7.5
7-2-1

Rocco212 7.5
7-2-1

Local 7.5
7-2-1

NSSG 7.5
7-2-1

Thk$ Answers 7.5
7-2-1

Three tied with 7.0
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09/23/2011 07:25 PM
Caesars Palace Sports Book Weekly Update

Caesars Palace Senior Race and Sports Book Analyst Todd Fuhrman stopped by the Don Best studios to recap last week’s football action and to take a look ahead at the coming games for this weekend.

One particular game on last Saturday’s college slate that caught Fuhrman’s attention was the matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida State Seminoles. Despite a late showing in the fourth quarter, the public won along with the Sooners who emerged victorious as 3-4½ point favorites, 23-13.

As far as Week 2 in the NFL, the betting public was all over the Baltimore Ravens who barely showed up against the Tennessee Titans in a 26-13 loss. The Ravens were favored by about a touchdown on the road, but almost all of the money was on Baltimore.

The ‘over’ seems to be trending all around the league, but even more so in night games as the final scores are 5-0-1 above the total this season in the National Football League.

Looking ahead to this Saturday’s games on the college football schedule there are plenty of interesting matchups.

Starting quarterback EJ Manuel is likely out for Florida State this week when the Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers. The 'Noles are ranked No. 9 on the Don Best Linemakers Poll, but the money is going against them due to that injury. FSU opened as 3-point favorites against the No. 30 Tigers, but that has swung all the way over to Clemson -2½. The total is 49½.

In the SEC clash between the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, ‘Bama opened as a 14-point favorite but the number is now sitting around 11 or 12. Meanwhile, the total has moved up a bit to 50½. Bettors seem to be finding an advantage on Arkansas’ side.

Even though the No. 19 USC Trojans are not eligible for a national or Pac-12 title, they head into Sun Devil Stadium undefeated against the No. 25 Arizona State Sun Devils. Fuhrman expects the public to be on the side of the Trojans who are 2½-point underdogs with the current total 54. The Sun Devils have been experiencing injuries on the defensive side of the ball, most recently to defensive end Junior Onyeali. Not to mention their head coach, Dennis Erickson, is on the hot seat.

Stanford is a team that continues to get money on their side. While noting that the Cardinal have a bye this week, Fuhrman says, “Apparently bookmakers, like myself, haven’t adjusted enough to Andrew Luck.”

The outstanding quarterback is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

With the NFL in mind, one matchup drawing interest all around the country is the time-tested rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Green Bay is a 3½-point road favorite with the total at 46. It was on this field where QB Jay Cutler got hurt and sat out the rest of last year’s NFC Championship game against these Packers, and this week's rematchis one of the marquee matchups of Week 4.

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09/23/2011 07:28 PM
Week 3 Preview: Steelers at Colts

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)


Kickoff: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT
Line: Pittsburgh -10.5, Total: 39

Things won’t get any easier for the Peyton Manning-less Colts when the Steelers visit for Sunday Night Football.

After a disastrous Week 1, the Steelers shut down the Seahawks in Week 2, limiting them to 164 total yards in a 24-0 victory. Leading the Titans the last two seasons, Colts starter Kerry Collins has lost to Pittsburgh twice (1-1 ATS), throwing for 393 yards and turning it over three times in those games. The Colts were worn down by Cleveland’s physicality in Week 2, allowing 13 fourth-quarter points in a 27-19 loss. Collins is completing just 50.7% of his passes through two games this year, throwing for just 388 yards. The Steelers are 10-5 ATS as a favorite since the start of last season, including a perfect 5-0 ATS when favored by at least a touchdown during this span. Expect PITTSBURGH to dominate and win by at least two touchdowns on Sunday.

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Play On - Any team (PITTSBURGH) - good rushing defense from last season - allowed 90 or less rushing yards/game, after outrushing opponent by 75 or more yards last game. (23-5 since 1983.) (82.1%, +17.5 units. Rating = 2*).

PITTSBURGH is 12-3 ATS (80.0%, +8.7 Units) in all games where the total is between 35.5 and 42 points over the last 2 seasons. The average score was PITTSBURGH 23.6, OPPONENT 13.7 - (Rating = 2*).

Pittsburgh got a scare last week when QB Ben Roethlisberger left with a knee injury, but all reports are saying his knee is fine to play on Sunday. Despite his injury, Roethlisberger still connected on 22-of-30 passes for 298 yards and a TD against Seattle. Mike Wallace has already been targeted 20 times this year, catching 16 of those balls thrown in his direction for 233 yards. On defense, the Steelers could be without DE Brett Keisel (knee) and DB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) who are both listed as questionable.

Indy’s offense has been brutal, averaging 260.5 total yards per game, which ranks fourth-worst in the NFL. Both touchdowns the offense produced have come in garbage time. Trailing 34-0 in Week 1 at Houston, Indy got in the end zone with 9:17 left. Last week the Colts scored a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining, but still lost to Cleveland 27-19. Collins is averaging a mere 5.6 passing yards per attempt, as only Reggie Wayne (172 rec. yds) has surpassed 75 receiving yards in the first two games this year. A bigger concern for the Colts could be stopping Pittsburgh’s rushing attack, possibly without LBs Gary Brackett (shoulder) and LB Ernie Sims (knee) who are both deemed questionable. Indianapolis doesn’t usually have the underdog role, but the Colts are 11-6 ATS when getting points since 2006.

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