POINT SPREAD: Pittsburgh Steelers +10.5 (-112) at Unibet
POINTS TOTAL: Over 46 (-110) at BetRivers
MONEY LINE: Pittsburgh Steelers (-110) at FanDuel
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The battle of NFL Pennsylvania takes place in Week 8 as the Pittsburgh Steelers drive due east on I76 straight to Philadelphia to fight with the Eagles, the league’s only undefeated team at this point whereas the Steelers are 2-5 and at the bottom of the AFC North, an odd position for HC Mike Tomlin to be in given how he has never had a losing season while in charge of the Steelers.
Of course, Philly has covered the spread in four of their last five games at Lincoln Financial Field, no doubt because the fans there are not only football savvy, but they are also loud and understand exactly when to shout their ‘encouragement’ to the opposing offense, so Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett will no doubt have his ears full as the new starter under center.
The Eagles are clearly a better team than the Steelers on both sides of the ball with a tough to stop rushing attack compounded by QB Jalen Hurts’ ability to throw the football accurately while on the run, but the Steelers won in Week 7 and they are building up that ‘Tomlin’ confidence even without injured LB TJ Watt, so expect them to cover here given this many points by the oddsmakers.
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The points total bet for this Week 8 game has the oddsmakers predicting the Steelers and the Eagles will combine for 46 total points at the end of the game, and it is important to note here that the 2022 NFL season has been the lowest scoring season in the last decade, a surprise factoid given how offensive minded these modern teams tend to be.
So far, seven of Philly’s last eight home games have gone over the total points line, but it might be smart to do some research on how many points each of these offenses typically scores, with the Steelers offense posting an average of 15.3 points per game and the Eagles putting up 26.8 points on average each matchup, that total of 42.1 points still well under what the oddsmakers predict.
This game could come down to a defensive struggle between Pittsburgh’s 28th ranked defense versus Philadelphia’s 4th ranked defense and adding what the Steelers allow per game – 23.1 points – to what the Eagles allow each time – 17.5 – that makes a total of 40.6, again well under what this bet is posting so if all goes ‘normally’ (does it ever?) the under here is the bet to make.
Here is a fantastic bet for Steelers fans who truly believe that QB Kenny Pickett will step up and hand the Eagles their first loss of the season, no doubt with help from his talented targets – WRs Dionte Johnson, rookie George Pickens, Chase Claypool, TE Pat Freiermuth – and a two headed rushing attack starring Najee Harris and rookie Jaylen Warren.
Keep in mind, though, that the Eagles have yet to lose, and some NFL insiders have accused them of being the best team in the league right now, plus Philadelphia has won each of its last 10 games as favorites, but it will cost you a $550 bet just to win back $100 plus your wager, whereas it will cost Pittsburgh fans just a $100 wager to win back $410 and their bet if the Steelers win.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has completed almost 67 percent of his passes while posting 6 rushing TDs with his legs while the Steelers young QB Kenny Pickett threw 3 INTs last week while spreading the ball around to eight different WRs, a matchup that could become a sudden trap game for Philadelphia or a momentum building victory for this struggling Pittsburgh team.
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