The final game of the 2022 NFL preseason will be played on Sunday, August 28, and here you can get all the info and the best Lions vs. Steelers betting pick and odds that will help you when placing your bet.
Pittsburgh is hoping to conclude the preseason with a perfect 3-0 record after winning the first two games and will welcome Detroit at Acrisure Stadium with a favorite tag. The Steelers are -5.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 39 points. These inter-conference rivals have met in 2021 and it was one of the most peculiar results of the year as the tilt finished 16-16 after overtime.
Lions edged the Colts in a close duel
The Detroit Lions responded to an unlucky 27-23 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons with a tight 27-26 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at home. This time around, Detroit didn’t drop a lead late in the game thanks to the failed two-point conversion attempt from Indianapolis. The Colts needed an extra point to tie the game but opted to go for two and lost.
Starting quarterback Jared Goff didn’t play in Week 2 after completing three of four passes for 47 yards in the opener against Atlanta. If Goff sits this one out, backups David Blough and Tim Boyle will split time on the field. The duo combined for 427 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions thus far. Sophomore wideout Tom Kennedy impressed with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions (20 targets). When it comes to defense, the No. 2 overall pick, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, will get an opportunity to attack Pittsburgh’s offensive line, which allowed four sacks and 11 QB hits.
Steelers have a new QB No. 2
The Pittsburgh Steelers have found the primary backup for starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky and it’s not Mason Rudolph. Rudolph lost the QB No. 2 job to the first-rounder Kenny Pickett, who was selected with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickett earned this role after completing 19 of 22 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns without a single interception. Mason Rudolph wasn’t bad himself as he posted 26/36 for 220 yards, two TDs, and no interceptions.
The Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 32-25 and Jacksonville Jaguars 16-15 in the first two weeks of the preseason. After rushing for 185 against Seattle, Pittsburgh had just 24 yards on 14 carries against Jacksonville, while the Steelers are still without a rushing TD in the preseason. Trubisky got an opportunity to feel the grass in both wins but didn’t stay long in each game. He will probably get a drive or two against the Lions as well.
- 7-2 ATS in the last nine games overall
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven road games
- Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five H2H meetings
- 0-7 ATS in the last seven games against an opponent from the NFC North
Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick
Although I believe the Steelers have a better team and are closer to getting the victory on Sunday, I am backing the visitors to cover. Pittsburgh’s offense is playing in hot and cold streaks, while its offensive line showed some weaknesses, which could be an excellent chance for edge rusher Hutchinson to torment Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph. There will be plenty of new faces for the Steelers, especially on defense, so I am backing the Lions to cause havoc in that O-line. I would be surprised if Detroit manages to win, but the Lions will definitely not going to lose by a large margin.
Pick: Take the Lions at +5.5 (-110)
Detroit allowed 53 points in two games, while Pittsburgh’s defense was better with 40 points surrendered to the rivals. Despite a lot of points allowed, the Lions kept the opponents to under 308 total yards, but that is not going to be easy against the Steelers, who totaled 685 yards in two games so far. I expect to see a high-scoring affair and a game in which the defenses will not play such a big role. The total has gone Over in nine of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games against Detroit, while the total went Over in four of Detroit’s previous five games.
Pick: Go Over 39 points (-110)