After a stunning loss on "Monday Night Football" to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to host a much stronger AFC opponent in the Indianapolis Colts in a NFL Week 16 clash.
The Steelers, who have dropped their last three games, will be looking to bounce back and secure the AFC North division title, while Colts would like to keep the pressure on the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC South division.
The Steelers were the best team in the NFL through the first 11 games, going 11-0 until finally losing to Washington. Then they lost to the Buffalo Bills, losing their grip on the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Then they lost to the Bengals to set off panic mode among the Pittsburgh fan base.
Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was even publicly critical of himself and the team to the media this week. With the Cleveland Browns right on their heels in the division, the Steelers cannot afford to lose this game against the Colts.
On the flip side, the Colts themselves are fighting for a division title and would like to keep up the pressure on the Titans by winning in Week 16.
The Colts have been on a run of their own and kept pressure on the Titans who currently hold the division top spot in the AFC South. The Colts still don’t have a reliable play at the quarterback position. Phillip Rivers (who came into the league with Roethlisberger in 2004) can be inconsistent at times, which has cost the Colts few games this season.
Both teams are fighting for their respective division titles, and the Steelers are more desperate to get out of a losing slump and will come out guns blazing. This NFL game will be closely watched by many as it may set up the final week for some really interesting games.
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds
Indianapolis Colts: 120 (Under)
Pittsburg Steelers: 110 (over)
Spread: Indianapolis Colts are favored to win the game by -1.5 points at Heinz Field.
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Picks
1. Steelers RB James Conner to have 100+ rushing yards
2. Colts defense to have at least one takeaway.
3. Colts QB Phillip Rivers to throw the winning touchdown.
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Key Injuries
DT DeForest Buckner (Ankle) Questionable
C/G Quenton Nelson (Back) Probable
WR Marcus Johnson (Quadriceps) Questionable
QB Phillip Rivers (Toe) Probable.
DE Justin Houston (NIR) Questionable.
LB Marcus Allen (Stinger) Questionable
C Maurkice Pouncey (NIR) Probable
DE Stephon Tuitt (Back) Questionable
LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Shoulder) Questionable.
5 QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) Probable
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction
Prediction: Colts 22, Steelers 20
Money Line: Colts -130, Steelers +110Published 25 Dec 2020, 11:15 IST