Colts vs Steelers on SNF – Week 13 NFL Betting Preview

  • Updated: December 2, 2015
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    by Ian S. Palmer

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    The Indianapolis Colts head over to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh this Sunday, December 6 where they’ll battle it out with the inconsistent Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts are just 6-5 on the season, but that places them at the pinnacle of the AFC South Division. They were 25-12 winners over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 12. The Steelers are also 6-5 on the campaign after dropping a 39-30 decision to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. Pittsburgh is gunning for a wildcard playoff spot as they’re in second place in the AFC North.

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    Indianapolis Colts:

    • Season record: 6-5 straight up, 6-5 against the spread
    • Current Streak: won 3 straight games
    • Indianapolis is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games
    • Indianapolis is 6-3 straight up in their last 9 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Indianapolis’s last 18 games

    Pittsburgh Steelers:

    • Season record: 6-5 straight up, 5-4-2 against the spread
    • Pittsburgh is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games
    • Pittsburgh is 15-6 straight up in their last 21 home games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games

    The Colts’ 40-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has risen to the task all four times as a starter this season as he’s now 4-0. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes against Tampa Bay and wasn’t intercepted as he gained 315 yards by going 26 for 42 in passing. He may move to 5-0 this weekend since the Steelers concede a league-high 283.6 yards against in the air on average each game. Wideouts T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief could take advantage of the poor Pittsburgh defense. Hilton had just 14 yards against Tampa though while Moncrief caught for 95.

    The Colts don’t run with the ball very well as they average just 92 yards on the ground each week, which ranks 26th in the league. Also, they’re up against a solid Steelers’ run defense which is sixth-best in the NFL. Indianapolis has gone 3-0 against the spread in their past three road trips. There’s no doubt the Colts would like to utilize a strong aerial attack at Heinz Field this weekend if possible.

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    Pittsburgh allowed Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to run rampant last week as he tossed five touchdown passes and a career-best 345. He went 21 for 30 and wasn’t intercepted. The Steelers will need to play a lot tighter against the pass this weekend if they hope to earn a win and push for a playoff spot. Pittsburgh’s run defense gave up a touchdown and 100 yards against the Seahawks as well. Things go from bad to worse for the home team as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game with a concussion and could miss the game with the Colts.

    If he’s sidelined, the Steelers will start Landry Jones, who was picked off twice by Seattle on just four pass attempts after entering the game on Sunday. Jones has 513 yards in the air so far this season along with three touchdowns passes and four pick offs. Antonio Brown was kept quiet by Seattle last week as Richard Sherman kept him in check. He managed half a dozen catches and gained a total of 51 yards. However, he should do better this week since the Colts pass defense concedes 272.8 yards against in the air per game, which ranks them at 27th. This looks to be a close game, but the Steelers should be able to pull it out of the fire.


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