The Pittsburgh Steelers just barely met the minimum requirements to move to 7-2 on the season against the Jaguars last week. It wasn’t easy, but they came out on top with a 20-16 win in Jacksonville. The win was their sixth straight win to add to their impressive resume in the AFC. They are setting themselves up for a strong push in the postseason. With that said, there are a few other contenders in the AFC that should give them issues in the postseason.
The Chiefs are on fire with Patrick Mahomes throwing the rock around the yard. They also always have trouble with the Patriots. Sorry Pats’ haters, they are 7-3 and not dead, yet at least. If I had a dollar for every time someone said that they are done in the last five years. Heck, some people were saying they were done when Tom Brady blew his knee out ten years ago.
Also, don’t discount the Houston Texans who are a 7-3 team and looking strong with Deshaun Watson. Watson has played battered and bruised this season, yet hasn’t missed a beat on the field. This is going to be a wide open playoffs, which is going to be good for us, the fans of the product. The Broncos are clinging on to hope that they can steal a wildcard to reach the playoffs. They may be 4-6 but are just a game out of the postseason following an upset win over the Chargers last week.
Case Keenum was able to pull off some playoff magic with the Vikings a season ago and we’ll see if he can find some of the same in the final month of the regular season. He is making more money than last season, so there are expectations that he can turn around his year and lead the Broncos to the playoffs. Denver ditched Demaryius Thomas, but it has allowed rookie Courtland Sutton to get more involved in the offense. The SMU standout is expected to develop and turn into a potent weapon for the Broncos, so the extra experience will help. They are hoping he can show up now, though, and bolster the Broncos’ playoff resume. Head below for our free Steelers vs. Broncos pick.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos NFL Week 12 Betting Odds:
vs. Broncos +3(-105)
Betting odds provided by Sportsbetting.ag
Steelers vs. Broncos Pick:
The Jaguars were 2:28 away from knocking off the Steelers and getting back on track. But then Ben Roethlisberger happened. He marched his team down the field to score on a 1-yard sneak, reminiscence of his play at the line against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Difference being he clearly scored that touchdown while people still debate whether he scored that touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Debate as in, yeah, he didn’t score and the Seahawks were jobbed. While they needed a last second touchdown to make it past the Jags, the Steelers have averaged 32.8 points, while allowing 18.1 points during their six-game winning streak.
Roethlisberger may have been contemplating retirement, but he isn’t playing like a quarterback who is ready to retire. Ben has thrown 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his previous six games. The Jags did get to him for 3 interceptions this past Sunday, though. Pittsburgh have an anemic Jacksonville offense to thank for that gift. The Steelers have handled the road well this season. They’re 4-0-1 with a tie to the Browns, the only time they couldn’t get a win.
The Steelers will be without a key cog on their offensive line in Week 12. Marcus Gilbert has been ruled out, so that leaves a banged up offensive line to block Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. They have recorded a combined 19 sacks and are likely going to have Roethlisberger avoiding the pass rush on Sunday.
While the Steelers have been hot on the road this season, they haven’t liked played in Denver. Roethlisberger has gone 0-3 in their last three trips to Mile High. I should note that the one loss was the Tebow playoff win. This will be the Steelers third game on the road in their previous four games.
Could this finally be the letdown game that many have been waiting for? The line movement in this game is worth mentioning. It opened at 3.5 nearly everywhere, though it’s down to 3 and the public is all over the Steelers here. I think the Steelers are going to be in for an unexpected battle in this one. I’d side with the home team and the points, as the books make out for a profit in this matchup.