Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears, 9-24-2017 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
vs Chicago Bears (0-2 SU, 1-1 ATS)
When: Sunday, Sep 24th, 1:00 PM ET
Line: PIT -7.5
TV/Live Stream: CBS
Chicago will host Pittsburgh in Soldier Field and continue to look for their first win of the season. The Bears were smoked at Tampa Bay as both sides of the ball failed to show up. The Steelers dominated the Vikings, who were without Sam Bradford. Chicago won their last meeting, 40-23, back in 2013.
Antonio Brown struggles, but Steelers still dominate
Minnesota struggled without Sam Bradford and the running game couldn’t pick up the slack. Pittsburgh held the Vikings to 237 total yards, 14 first downs, and 5-for-15 on third down while missing all three fourth down attempts. Both teams were heavily penalized in the game — but the Vikings received the tougher calls and were penalized for 131 yards. Rookie cornerback Mike Hilton led the defense with nine total tackles (six solo) while Safety Sean Davis complemented him with eight total tackles (seven solo).
Over on offense, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He avoided throwing any interceptions and the Steelers didn’t turn the ball over in the game. Martavis Bryant was surprisingly the lead receiver with 91 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Antonio Brown was slightly off missing six targets and completing five catches for 62 yards. Running back Le’Veon Bell trucked his way to 87 yards on 27 carries and was held out of the end zone.
Bears don’t compete against Bucs
Chicago was down 26-0 at halftime and certainly has a lot to worry about in their future. While they ended up having the same amount of total yards after 60 minutes, there’s no question that the Mike Glennon experiment is struggling to take off. The quarterback completed 31-of-45 passes for 301 yards and had a touchdown, but turned the ball over twice in the air and lost a fumble. He also took an 11-yard sack. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson was the benefactor of the TD throw, reeling in 57 yards on 4 catches. Kendall Wright led all receivers with 69 yards on 7 catches.
That was it for the offense. The tandem of running backs, Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard, combined for 16 carries, 20 yards, and a lost fumble by Cohen. Without a running attack to keep pressure off Glennon, there aren’t going to be very many wins in Chicago’s future and that’s unfortunate considering they looked competent against Atlanta just a week ago. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton has yet to make his debut with the Bears with a broken finger on his left hand and he’s still listed as day-to-day.
- 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 15 points in previous contest
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in September
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in previous game
The only reason this line isn’t more is because NFL linemakers don’t like to hand out double-digit favorites. This should be one of them as Chicago has no guidance on offense and Pittsburgh should pound another NFC North foe.
Pick: PIT -7.5
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