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Steelers vs Redskins Odds - Steelers will roll to another preseason victory

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:24:22 AM
NFL oddsThe Steelers vs Redskins odds will match up two teams who had opposite performances in their opening preseason games. The Redskins were careless in their 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens while the Steelers looked sharp in their 20-10 win over Arizona. Online betting cappers should look for more of the same as the Steelers have the better depth in this game.

Steelers vs Redskins odds: Steelers -1

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd – 7:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: FedEx Field – Landover, MD
  • PICK: Steelers -1

Steelers vs Redskins odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Steelers are a one-point favorite in the sportsbook mostly because they’ll put more effort into winning this game, but also because they have the deeper offense. At quarterback, the Steelers will put Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon to work after Ben Roethlisberger plays a couple of series, and at running back, the team is very deep with Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall backing up Willie Parker.

The Redskins offense was awful in their shutout loss in their preseason opener, and there isn’t much reason to have more faith in their second game. Their quarterback rotation of Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan was very pedestrian and the entire offense amassed just 196 yards. The Redskins clearly aren’t that interested in overexerting themselves and even if they were, they don’t have the talent to match.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Steelers vs Redskins odds maker breakdown: Defense

The Steelers have been a defensive juggernaut for the last decade, and one of the reasons for that is because they develop good backups. For example, the Steelers’ first-round pick Ziggy Hood forced an interception and had a sack. The Steelers backups play very hard on defense, and that will be evident again on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Redskins weren’t at full strength in their preseason opener, and they likely won’t be again. Head coach Jim Zorn held out Albert Haynesworth and Carlos Rogers, which goes to show that they don’t really care about the game.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Steelers vs Redskins odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

The special teams in this matchup are fairly even. Both teams have steady kicking games and both teams have good return men in Santonio Holmes and Antwan Randle El.

Betting Edge: Even

Steelers vs Redskins odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Washington Redskins were extra cautious with injuries in their first game and the same should be evident in their upcoming game. Don’t be surprised if Haynesworth, Rogers, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss all sit out again.

Betting Edge: Steelers

Steelers vs Redskins betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The Redskins will put forth a better effort than their shutout loss in the opener, but NFL betting sharps know they don’t have the depth to match the Steelers in this contest. The Steelers are the better team all the way around.

STAN’S PICK: Steelers -1

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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