Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts prediction, game preview, and fantasy player to watch.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts Broadcast
Date: Sunday, December 27
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) vs Indianapolis Colts (10-4) Game Preview
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Why Indianapolis Colts Will Win
Pittsburgh is all of a sudden bad a football.
There’s no running game whatsoever, Ben Roethlisberger can’t throw, and the team hasn’t hit the 20-point mark in the last four.
The defense is still more than fine, but the problems with dropped passes, a lack of offensive pop, and too many turnovers are killing a team that’s playing like it hit a wall.
Indianapolis is the opposite with no turnovers in the last three games, a +7 turnover margin during that winning streak, and with teh running game cranking up to balance out the attack.
Why Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win
The Steelers need a little bit of tweaking more than a total overhaul.
The offensive line isn’t going to all of a sudden figure out how to get the running game going, but as long as everyone can relax a bit, and when – not if – Roethlisberger starts throwing in a better rhythm – this O should be able to go again.
Losing Bud Dupree mattered to the pass rush and the defensive production, but the Steelers are still second in the NFL in total and scoring defense, and now they get to turn it loose against a Colt O line missing both of its starting tackles.
Fantasy Football Player To Watch
WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh
Where did he go? The three-touchdown day against Philadelphia seems like it was years ago – it was Week 5 – and as the team has stalled, so has Claypool. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in four games and hasn’t pushed past 54 yards. The targets are there, but if Roethlisberger isn’t stronger, those deep plays aren’t going to click.
What’s Going To Happen
Pittsburgh is hanging on to the No. 2 spot and the lead in the AFC North for dear life. Things can get really, really interesting with the game against the Browns – who play the Jets – next week.
Indianapolis will give up enough deep plays to make Pittsburgh keep testing things, but the lines will keep playing well, the offensive balance will still be there, and the momentum of both sides will keep on rolling.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts Prediction, Line
Indianapolis 23, Pittsburgh 17
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