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Tips For Betting On Colts Steelers - Colts And Steelers Meet In A Test Of Skill… And Luck

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/16/2012 6:44:14 PM

The Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers are playing a preseason game on a Sunday night in prime time. The nation will get a good look at how these teams are developing.

Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, August 19    
Betting line: No line

Why Indianapolis Will Win

The legal online sports betting skinny in this game is that while Pittsburgh probably deserves to be the favorite, such a status means little because of where the Steelers are as an organization. Pittsburgh came off a physically punishing 2011 season in which it was short-handed against the Denver Broncos in the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not playing at full capacity. This is a team that knows it must pace itself. Perhaps it will play a solid 20 minutes to start this game, but the Colts are the team that has more incentive to rebuild a winning mentality after last year's 2-14 disaster. Indianapolis is more likely to own the last 40 minutes.

Pittsburgh won't overextend itself, and it won't devote too much film-room anxiety in the creation of a game plan; the Steelers aren't going to feel the need to max out in terms of punishing Indy's franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. If this game was a regular-season game, the Colts would need to brace for the all-out fury of LeBeau's blitz packages, but in this game, Luck will only get a small taste of the Steelers' defensive arsenal. Indianapolis is playing with more edge and verve than other NFL teams in the preseason. It's true that the St. Louis Rams are not a good team yet, but whenever any squad wins a 38-3 game in the preseason as Indianapolis did against those Rams a week ago, it's clear that one side is viewing the preseason differently. That's how games can be won and lost. Indianapolis has this psychological advantage on its side.

Why Pittsburgh Will Win

When NFL betting experts look over this game, they will acknowledge that Pittsburgh won't play at 100 percent speed for 60 minutes. They will still respond by telling you that the Steelers will play a strong first quarter and make life miserable for Andrew Luck. This week, Luck will be going up against one of the best defenses in the league on the road. Even though Pittsburgh won't throw a full package at him, the Steelers still have considerable frontline quality and talent. They're likely to generate pressure with their front and create havoc that will rattle Luck, forcing a few bad throws and maybe a turnover. Pittsburgh's first-string defense shut out the Philadelphia Eagles last week, a true marker of progress (not the flood of points Pittsburgh's backups conceded in the second half of that game against Philadelphia). The Colts will have trouble scoring in the first half, and the Steelers will take advantage.

Who Will Win

It’s not going to be easy for Andrew Luck in the preseason. He's going to get knocked around before too long, and Pittsburgh has just the defense to do that kind of job. The Steelers will expose Luck and win skillfully.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Pittsburgh


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