After gaining confidence from having knocked the undefeated Chiefs off their pedestal (and in Kansas City) in Week 6, the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently 8-2 straight up and 7-3 against the spread (ATS) over their last ten games on the road. The Steelers will play as short road favorites over the Detroit Lions this Week 8 Sunday night at Ford Field, Michigan.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Detroit Lions NFL Week 8 Game on October 29 2017
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
When: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 8:30 PM EST
Line: Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) vs. Detroit Lions (+3) – view all 2017 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
It seems like the Steelers have finally gotten the message, that being too feature the running game. They have won back to back games and three of four with Le’Veon Bell rushing for more than 130 yards in each of those victories.
When Bell is applying his unique running style it is so much easier to Big Ben to look like he is defying the sands of time. It helps to have Antonio Brown to feature but now it looks like they have another ego at the receiver position. Martavis Bryant is whining about not getting the ball but it probably won’t have an impact. Pittsburgh has their offense humming now after a few fits and starts over the first month.
The defense does not feel Steel Curtain but the numbers are there. They are third in points allowed and strong across the board. I think what they are lacking is that one superlative player, they are more in that no-name mold. They do have three players with four sacks so they are good at scheming to produce mismatches.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (3-3)
Detroit comes off the bye at .500 but if you watch them play they could probably just as easily be 1-5 or 5-1. The margin is always pretty slim with the Lions. I bet you didn’t know that the top scorer on the team was Darren Fells (tied with Marvin Jones). This group is desperate for somebody who can make a big play.
Without them it forces Matthew Stafford to be near perfect. He is not a dink and dunk artist he is more of the modern Brett Favre. He keeps the passing game respectable while the running game is pretty feeble.
Detroit does not have the defensive numbers of the Steelers but they are pretty good at taking the ball away with 9 interceptions through three games. They may have to sell out to stop the run which will put pressure on their secondary.
Detroit will play well enough to keep this game close but that lack of defensive pressure will make it hard to complete a comeback. The backdoor could definitely ruin this one but as long as that number stays where it is there is a lot to like. Pittsburgh will continue their SU and ATS roll. Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
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