Bet On Rams Steelers – Steelers Look To Regain Power, Keep Pace With Ravens In AFC North
Tied at 10 wins each heading in to week 15, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens suffered figurative power outages as both teams lost to remain tied for first place in the AFC North, although for the Steelers, they actually did literally have to fight through two power outages in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Both teams will play their home finale this weekend as the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns, while the Steelers welcome the St. Louis Rams to Heinz Field.
St. Louis Rams @ Pittsburgh SteelersSaturday December 24, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NFL Betting Lines: Pittsburgh Steelers – 14.5
Considering that the Browns and Rams are among the worst teams in the NFL this year, neither Baltimore or Pittsburgh should complain, with the Steelers listed as 14.5-point favorites according to the sports betting lines. St. Louis has lost five straight heading in to this weekend, with their only road win this season a 13-12 effort at Cleveland back in week 10.
Bet On Rams Steelers Preview: St. Louis Rams
In a year where the Rams were expected to take another step forward as legitimate contenders in the NFC West, injuries and inconsistencies have ripped the team apart and could lead to a big house cleaning at the end of the season. It’s hard to blame head coach Steve Spagnuolo for the results, but considering St. Louis ranks dead-last against the run and is in the bottom third of the NFL in both pass and rush offense, someone will have to take the fall. The Rams put forward a solid effort against the Cincinnati Bengals last week and kept it close until the end in a 20-13 loss, but they will have a much tougher time this Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Bet On Rams Steelers Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers took a gamble by starting Ben Roethlisberger despite a high ankle sprain even after Baltimore lost to the San Diego Chargers, and that could end up hurting them in the long run based on how their franchise quarterback responds. However, linebacker James Harrison will be back on the field this week and looking to cause more mayhem, and if the Pittsburgh defense can force a couple of early turnovers, the offense may be able to put this one away by halftime. Look for the Steelers to rely more on their ground game to control possession and keep the clock moving against the league’s worst run defense, allowing Roethlisberger to avoid contact as much as possible while securing another crucial win.
Bet On Rams Steelers Preview: Outlook & Pick
The sportsbook line has the Steelers favored by more than two touchdowns, but there is a good chance that if they build a lead they could rest their starters down the stretch, which could potentially allow the Rams to keep it close. However, considering how St. Louis has performed against some of the top contenders this season it is hard to imagine them keeping this one close, even if Pittsburgh does turn to its backups late.Bet On Rams Steelers Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers