NFL Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
- Updated: September 23, 2011
NFL Point Spread: Steelers -10.5
Fans looking for a showdown between Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning will be extremely disappointed this Sunday night. This Sunday night’s primetime game on NBC will look a lot different without Manning under center for the Colts. It will be Kerry Collins and the Colts looking to get into the win column against the defending AFC Champions. Can the Colts stay in the game here or will this one turn ugly fast?
The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team played about as bad of a game as they could possibly play in their 35-7 opening week loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger threw three picks and the team fumbled four times. It’s extremely tough to be competitive in the NFL when you turn the ball over seven times! Pittsburgh, as expected, bounced back to thrash the Seattle Seahawks 24-0 last weekend.
Roethlisberger has found a new favorite target the last couple years in Mike Wallace. Wallace already has 16 catches for 233 yards in just two games this season. Rashard Mendenhall has become the running back the Steelers hoped he would be. The offensive line must improve, and that is the Steelers biggest concern right now. The line allows teams to get far too many shots on Big Ben. The Steelers defense is phenomenal. The front seven is the best in all of football. Harrison, Woodley, Farrior, and Timmons are terrific at the linebacker spots. Troy Polamalu is probably the NFL’s best safety, and he is completely healthy right now.
Just about everyone knows how great Peyton Manning has been for the Colts, but his absence helps put an exclamation point on how great he has been for this team. Without Manning under center, the Colts appear lost on offense. Kerry Collins has been holding the ball too long and taking a lot of hits. Collins has been limited in practice this week, and it wouldn’t be shocking if we see Curtis Painter some this weekend. The running game of the Colts has been non-existent for the last few years, and they are really needed right now.
Defensively, the Colts have some great pass rushers and a solid secondary. The problem area continues to be the run defense. Indianapolis has been one of the worst teams in the league against the run for the last several years, and that is no different this season. If this team is going to be competitive, the defense must play much better.
At this point, the Steelers are a much better team than the Colts. Laying this many points on the road is a scary proposition, but I certainly don’t want to side with the Colts here.
Free NFL Pick: Steelers -10.5
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