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NFL Preseason Odds Falcons vs. Steelers

Written by on August 18, 2017

Last NFL preseason proved to be a big step forward for the Atlanta Falcons, as they made it all the way to the Super Bowl, only to lose in disastrous fashion to the New England Patriots in OT. While everyone likes them to bounce back nicely this season, we need to remember that everyone said the same thing about the Carolina Panthers last year, and we all know how that played out. There is no denying that the Falcons are once again going to be an offensive juggernaut, but the big question here is whether the defense can step up and make plays, which includes getting to the opposing QB, which is something the Falcons have not done well for quite some time. Thus, make sure you review the updated NFL preseason betting odds for this preseason match right here.If they do make it back to the Super Bowl, there is a very good chance that the Pittsburgh Steelers might be there to meet them. Big Ben and the rest of the Steelers offence will once again be among the best in the NFL, and their young defensive unit now has another year of experience under their belts. These two very good teams will hook up on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Here’s a Closer Look at the NFL Preseason Odds Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh

 
 When: Sunday, August 20 at 4 PM ESTWhere: Heinz Field, PittsburghTV: NFL NetworkRadio: Sirius XM RadioLive Stream: NFL Game PassNFL Preseason Odds: Atlanta Falcons -2½ (-115)GAMETIME WEATHERClear28°C/82°FHumidity 44%Precipitation % 0%Cloud Cover 3%Wind 4 mph SSWStadium Type Open

Straight Up Stats

The Falcons head into Pittsburgh looking for a better performance than the one that they delivered in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. This was a team that finished 13-6 last season, taking their SU record over the last 3 seasons to 27-24. During that time, the Falcons went 13-11 on the road, including a 6-3 record as the road favorite, which is what they are for this one.It’s not often that the Steelers are labeled as an underdog at home, but they are 2.5-point dogs for this one. The Steelers went 13-6 last season, taking them to an impressive 35-19 since 2014. During that time, the Steelers went 19-7 in their own building, but just 2-2 as the home underdog. The edge here is that WR Martavis Bryant will in from the start after being cleared to play after a suspension.

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Point Spread Stats

Atlanta were a solid bet ATS last year, posting a 12-7 record, taking them to 25-26 over the past 3 seasons. They have done a nice job over covering on the road during that stretch, going 13-11, although they were just 4-5 when they went into enemy territory as the betting odds favorite. They are certainly going to need to be better on offense than they were in Week 1 to win here.The Steelers were 11-8 ATS in 2016, taking them to 29-22-3 over the past 3 NFL preseason.The Steelers were 11-8 ATS in 2016, taking them to 29-22-3 over the past 3 seasons, which is not a bad average at all. Pittsburgh went 14-11-1 in their home games from 2014 onwards, and went 2-1-1 ATS when they were installed as a home underdog. The fact that they were only the dog 4 times in the last 3 seasons tells you how tough they are to beat in their own building.

OVER/UNDER Stats

The O/U for this one is set at 39.5 points, but would certainly be higher if the starting offenses were on the field. Atlanta racked up the points last season and went 16-2-1 O/U, taking them to 26-24-1 over the past 3 seasons. Things were not so impressive on the road if you like the OVER, as the Falcons went 8-14-2, which included being 3-4-2 as the road favorite.Given their offensive prowess, the Steelers were a surprising 7-12 O/U last NFL preseason, which took them to 22-31-1 over the past 3 years. The OVER was more common at home for the Steelers in this 3-year span, as they went 14-11, which included a 1-3 O/U record as the home dog.

ATLANTA FALCONS NFL PRESEASON TEAM STATISTICS

Offensive total yards416.42Current Offensive rush yards 117.47Offensive passing yards 298.95Average Score For 34.11Defensive total yards 376.84Current Defensive rush yards 104.11Defensive passing yards 272.74Average Score Against 25.32

PITTSBURGH STEELERS NFL PRESEASON TEAM STATISTICS

Offensive total yards 372.68Current Offensive rush yards 113.89Offensive passing yards 258.79Average Score For 24.42Defensive total yards 339.21Current Defensive rush yards93.16Defensive passing yards 246.05Average Score Against 20.58

 NFL Preseason Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These two don’t meet very often, but when they do, it’s usually the Steelers who come out on top, as they have in the last 3 meetings. I think they win this one in a low-scoring affair where both defenses shine.

Atlanta Falcons 14 Pittsburgh Steelers 17

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