Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts Odds, Prediction, and Pick
As we get set to kick off week 3 of the 2011 NFL season, we're going to take a look at the Sunday Night Football match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers are coming off of a rough week 1 outing against the Baltimore Ravens, in which they were beaten 35-7, but then posted a shutout against the Seattle Seahawks 24-0. The Colts on the other hand, have struggled since having to replace quarterback Peyton Manning before the season. They started off the year with a tough road loss to their divisional rivals, the Houston Texans 34-7, and then lost at home to the Cleveland Browns 27-19.
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The Colts have been in a tough spot without Manning. He was replaced by Kerry Collins, who hasn't been able to get much going for the Colts offense. The defense for the Colts hasn't been much better, and teams have been able to put up quite a few points on them through the first two weeks. The only thing that has gone right for the Colts is their running game with Joseph Addai, and rookie Delone Carter. The problem with that though, is that the Steelers have one of the best rush defenses in the NFL; as they held Seahawk's running back Marshawn Lynch to 11 yards on six carries.
The Steelers seemed to be potentially heading in the wrong direction after week 1, as they were unable to slow down the Ravens. The Steelers were dominate in week 2 though, and should give the Colts offense and defense quite a few problems. The Steelers are one of the most well-coached teams in the NFL, which could mean trouble for the Colts, and could send them to 0-3.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Pittsburgh Steelers: -10.5
- Indianapolis Colts: +10.5
» Free Prediction
The Colts have not looked good by any means through the first two weeks, and now they're up against the defending AFC Champions in week 3. I see the Steelers dominating this game from the word go, with the fact that they are on the road not really meaning much. The Colts offense has struggled against two mediocre defenses from last season, and I don't expect them to do much better against an excellent defense like Pittsburgh. I like the Steelers to win this one by two touchdowns at least.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers- 35 Indianapolis Colts- 21
» Free Pick
The Steelers were favored by 14.5 over the Seahawks last week and handled that easily. This situation will be similar as I see the Steelers dominating throughout and cover this 10.5 point spread easily. I'm picking the Pittsburgh Steelers to win this one, and cover the spread as well.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -10.5