Other than the match-up between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins, the Wild Card weekend games did not deliver a lot of scoring. That’s not really a huge surprise, as we are at the time of the season when defenses begin to rise to the occasion. The Steelers will face the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, January 17 at 4:40 PM EST on CBS, and while Pittsburgh can rack up the points, they are facing something of an offensive injury crisis.
Betting On The Point Total For The Broncos Vs Steelers Game
The point total for this one opened up at around 40 points, depending on where you looked, but a lot of bookies have this one off the board for now. It will probably remain that way until the playing status of the walking wounded for the Steelers is confirmed. Check back regularly to MyBookie, as we will update all the NFL odds on this game as soon as they are made available.
Why Should You Bet On The Broncos vs Steelers Going OVER
At full strength, the Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most potent offenses in the league. They also have a defense which is still pretty inexperienced, which means they are often forced to pile on the points in order to stay ahead of the opposition. The perfect example of what I am talking about here can be found in Week 12 of the regular season. The Steelers went into Seattle and took racked up 30 points against one of the best defenses in the league, but still managed to lose 39-30. The Steelers offense is tied for 4th with 26.4 PPG.
We all know what Peyton Manning has been able to do over the course of his career against less than impressive defenses, and he will get the chance to do it again this weekend against a Steelers D that ranks 11th in points per game allowed. These two teams met earlier in the season, and it was the Steelers who go the come from behind win in a game that went comfortably OVER.
Why Should You Bet On The Broncos vs Steelers Going UNDER
The Steelers offense is not going to be operating at anywhere near full speed, as it may be without Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, and DeAngelo Williams. It is looking as though Big Ben may be the only one of that group with a shot at starting, but with a severely damaged throwing shoulder, his ability to spread the field will be limited.
Peyton Manning looks to get the start this weekend, and while that would have been a good thing earlier in his career, it is no slam dunk right now. Manning has looked like a shadow of hi former self this season, and while the Steelers defense may not be the best, they know how to blitz the QB. This is a game that has the potential to be a tight, defensive struggle, which certainly plays into the favor of bettors who like the UNDER.
Point Total Betting Prediction
It’s tough to make a pick without knowing the total for sure, or having an inkling of who will or will not be ready to go for the Steelers. That said, this one is definitely shaping up to be an UNDER play.