Winning is a great deodorant and the Pittsburgh Steelers are smelling pretty good after knocking off the NFL’s last unbeaten team. It had been a struggle for Pitt and the offense, and while the group still isn’t where they feel they should be, there were signs in a win over the Chiefs. The Steelers will look for a breakout game from Ben Roethlisberger and Co. when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North matchup in Week 7.
After throwing five interceptions in an embarrassing home loss to the Jaguars the previous week, Big Ben said that maybe he doesn’t have it anymore. It was a solemn remark after an awful outing, but many took him seriously, especially after he spoke of retirement during the offseason. But Ben got some help from his teammates and a Kansas City defender to put up his best statistical line of the season and erase any memory of that Jacksonville drubbing.
It still wasn’t the offensive showing we’ve been waiting for, however. Ben threw for 252 yards, Le’Veon Bell continued his onslaught on the ground with 179 yards, giving him 370 in the last three games, and Antonio Brown had eight catches for 155 yards. The Steelers produced a season-high 439 yards yet only scored 19 points and needed a bounce off a defender’s hands into the arms of Brown that he took to the house to seal the victory. Credit the defense for holding the NFL’s highest scoring team to 13 points and 251 yards and when the offense does start to click, the Steelers should return to the top of the AFC.
2017 Record: 4-2
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 0-6
Current Super Bowl Odds: +800
Current Odds to Win AFC: +600
Current Odds to Win AFC North: -450
Current NFL Odds: Steelers -5.5
Over/Under Total: 41
Week 6: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13
ATS Result: Steelers +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Steelers dialed up the pressure and held the high-scoring Chiefs to just 13 points and 251 yards, easily cashing the under for a sixth straight game. The offense is still a work in progress, but the group showed signs with Bell carrying the load. Pittsburgh allowed only six yards in the first half while building a 12-3 lead and stopped the Chiefs’ last drive with the help of a James Harrison sack, giving the Steelers an outright win as a 3.5-point underdog.
Week 5: Jaguars 30, Steelers 9
ATS Result: Jaguars +7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
It’s hard to score when you turn the ball over. It’s nearly impossible when you cough it up five times. The Steelers failed to score a touchdown with Roethlisberger’s five picks thwarting drives, moving the under to 5-0 on the year. Worse, the Steelers suffered a humiliating home loss as a 7.5-point favorite. The defense played well giving up just 17 points with the final touchdown coming on a 90-yard run when the group was selling out. They were put in a bad spot by Big Ben and did their best. It just wasn’t enough.
Week 4: Steelers 26, Ravens 9
ATS Result: Steelers -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
The Steelers got their running game going with Bell churning out the yards, and they held the football for more than 35 minutes in taking down division rival Baltimore. Bell scored twice on the ground, including the game-clincher late in the fourth. It was more than enough to cover the 3.5-point spread, but the Steelers are still missing the big play, which kept then below the total for the fourth straight game.
Week 3: Bears 23, Steelers 17 (OT)
ATS Result: Bears +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
Their offensive woes left the Steelers below the closing total for a third straight game and even the additional time couldn’t break the streak. Pittsburgh managed fewer than 300 yards of offense and Bell was a non-factor as the Steelers lost for the first time this year while failing to cover the spread.
Week 2: Steelers 26, Vikings 9
ATS Result: Steelers -8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
Ben Roethlisberger got his mates involved early and the defense did the rest to get Pittsburgh a cover win. Martavis Bryant caught a 27-yard scoring pass for his first TD in over a year, and second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster scored his first touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 14-0 lead. They wouldn’t put the ball in the endzone after that, settling for four second-half field goals. It resulted in the Steelers cashing the under for a second straight week.
Week 1: Steelers 21, Browns 18
ATS Result: Browns +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
The Steelers got a glimpse of the new and improved Browns and they were able to escape with a narrow victory, but they failed to cover the 10-point spread. The offense looked out of sync with Bell missing a majority of preseason due to his holdout. He looked sluggish and carried the ball just 10 times. The teams played slow and even with a special teams score on the opening possession, they finished the contest below the closing total.
Preseason Record: 3-1
ATS Record: 3-1
Over/Under Record: 0-4
The Steelers have had plenty of success against their AFC North rival over the years, winning four straight and eight of the past nine meetings. They are 6-2-1 ATS in that span with cover wins in all five matchups that had Pittsburgh favored by at least seven points.
Week 1: Steelers at Browns, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Steelers vs. Vikings, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Steelers at Bears, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Steelers at Ravens, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Steelers vs. Jaguars, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Steelers at Chiefs, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Steelers vs. Bengals, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Steelers at Lions, Sunday, October 29, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Steelers at Colts, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Steelers vs. Titans, Thursday, November 16, 8:25 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 12: Steelers vs. Packers, Sunday, November 26, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 13: Steelers at Bengals, Monday, December 4, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 14: Steelers vs. Ravens, Sunday, December 10, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 15: Steelers vs. Patriots, Sunday, December 17, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Steelers at Texans, Sunday, December 24, 4:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 17: Steelers vs. Browns, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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