Lions Steelers Betting – Lions Will Find “Steel Town” To Be Cold
Online betting players are already talking about the demise of Pittsburgh, due to legal troubles with a few of their stars in the offseason. But the Steelers will take on Detroit in their preseason opener, and they’re out to show that they can still be a force in the AFC.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Saturday, August 14th, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
- Pick: Pittsburgh
What’s On The Line
The Lions showed signs of life last year, and while .500 will probably be out of their reach, their young players are continue to grow and they have more coming in this season. The Steelers just want to play football after one of the most tumultuous offseasons in their storied history as legal problems battered their team.
Offensive Matchups: Lions Steelers Betting
Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton will get most of the work as Matt Stafford deserves more time to rest after he was hit over and over again in his rookie year. The line is deep, and what they lack in talent, they make up for in work rate. Rookie Jahvid Best may start as the No.1 back, but Kevin Smith is waiting in the wings after recovering from a knee injury, and Best may not have the build right now to be an every-down back in the NFL. Outside of Calvin Johnson, Bryant Johnson and new signing Nate Burleson, the Lions don’t have a whole lot at receiver, but they do have tight end Brandon Pettigrew, although he is recovering from ACL surgery.
Well, we all know Ben Roethlisberger won’t be in this game, or any until at least Week 4, but more likely Week 6. Byron Leftwich looks to be the starter now, but Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch should get a look. Rookie Jonathan Dwyer should get some work out of the backfield as the Steelers can’t afford to have Rashard Mendenhall hurt. Santonio Holmes was shown the door, leaving Hines Ward and Mike Wallace at receiver, although Antwaan Randle-El returns to Pittsburgh. The major question is an offensive line that couldn’t stop anyone last year, and now Willie Colon is out for the year with an Achilles tear.
Betting Edge: Lions
Defensive Matchups: Lions Steelers Betting
Detroit really couldn’t get much worse defensively, but they may have started the road to respectability after drafting Ndamukong Suh, the monster that some are calling the best defensive lineman to come out in years. The Lions also picked up Kyle Vanden Bosch, who probably won’t play much here, but the line is deep in Detroit. DeAndre Levy will move to the middle-linebacker spot, and he played well as a rookie last year and he has room to grow. No one has a spot safe in the secondary as the Lions were slaughtered last year by the pass. Louis Delmas is probably the closest one at free safety, but the rest is a crapshoot.
The Steelers weren’t the shutdown defense that we’re accustomed to seeing, and the injury to safety Troy Polamalu had a lot to do with that. His ability to play center field allows the Steelers to do what they do, but they kept blitzing and there was no one on the back end. James Farrior also started to look a bit old, so the Steelers may use this game to start finding a replacement for him at inside linebacker. Pittsburgh is getting old on this side of the ball, so there’s lots of opportunity for the younger players to step up.
Betting Edge: Steelers
Notable Injuries: Lions Steelers Betting
The Lions may take it easy with Pettigrew (knee) and Smith (knee) while they work themselves back up to game shape.
Replacing Colon (Achilles) may be the mission of Pittsburgh’s preseason now.
Betting Edge: Steelers
Outlook and Pick: Lions Steelers Betting
The Steelers should get the edge at home, and they should come away with a win in this game, although the young Detroit players will give them a fight. For the first time in years, the Steelers are in flux, and players will be trying to move in past the old guard. Also, the Steelers are a proud franchise and the veterans will impart that on the younger players. It’s been a tough offseason for Pittsburgh, and they’ll be eager to get on the field and just play football. Go with Pittsburgh in your sports betting book.