The underdog Pittsburgh Steelers would love nothing better than to upset the favored Denver Broncos this coming weekend when they square off in their AFC divisional date on Sunday at 4:40 PM ET, live from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.Thanks to this expert betting breakdown, you’re going to find out just why the Steelers could pull off the big upset to advance to the AFC Championship game. Okay, with that said, let’s rock and roll.
How To Bet The Steelers Vs Broncos AFC Divisional Playoff Odds & TV Info
When: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 17, 2016
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
NFL Odds: Denver -6.5
The NFL Odds for this divisional matchup have the Broncos as 6.5-point home favorites to beat the visiting Steelers while the game’s Over/Under Total is off the board at most books but sits at 41 at others, likely because of injuries to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. The Broncos are a -250 favorite against the Moneyline while the Steelers can be had at +210.
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The Steelers Have a Future Hall of Fame quarterback!
Pittsburgh has an explosive passing attack that is led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers offense ranked third overall, third in passing and fourth in scoring (26.4 ppg) under Roethlisberger’s direction this season. Pittsburgh’s franchise signal-caller finished 14th in passing yards (3,938) and 11th in quarterback rating (94.5) and has a stable of gifted wide receivers he can throw to.
Wide receivers Galore!
The Steelers have the best group of wide receivers in the league in super elite No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown, talented No. 2 Martavis Bryant and equally gifted No. 3 wideout Markus Wheaton. Brown tied for the league lead in receptions (136) while finishing second in receiving yards (1,834) and hauling in 10 touchdown grabs. Bryant (50 catches, 765 yards) and Wheaton (44 catches, 749 yards) also approached the 1,000-yard plateau and look like they’d be No. 1’s on another team.
They Have a Great Head Coach!
I really like head coach Mike Tomlin and he’s been one of the best in the business for a long time now. Tomlin has compiled a stellar 92-52 record in nine years as the head man in Pittsburgh. Tomlin has gone 6-4 in the postseason while leading the Steelers to one Super Bowl title, two AFC conference crowns and four AFC North division titles while winning the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year award.
Make no mistake about it, Tomlin holds the clear-cut edge over Denver’s Gary Kubiak when it comes to coaching acumen.
They’ve Gotten Really Defensive!
While the Steelers finished just 21st in total defense, Pittsburgh somehow managed to rank a solid 11th in points allowed (19.9 ppg) while getting ‘really defensive’ over the better part of the last six weeks. Pittsburgh has limited five of their last six opponents to 20 points or less while holding three of those foes to 16 points or less.
No doubt, Pittsburgh is playing their best defense of the season right now.
Pittsburgh has won six of their last 10 road games and three of their last four away from home and can basically beat any team on any given day, no matter where they play! Whether the Steelers pull off the upset win over Denver this coming weekend – there’s no doubt that it’s quite possible they could – and that in and of itself is a great reason why you should bet on Pittsburgh to beat Denver!