Sunday Night Football for Week 8 of the NFL season certainly will not disappoint with a high-profile matchup of two teams with playoff aspirations. The Pittsburgh Steelers will take their act to the Motor City to do battle with the Detroit Lions. Pittsburgh enters with a stellar 5-2 record and they’re riding a wave of momentum coming off of a big couple of victories over AFC rivals the past two weeks. Now they’ll look to continue their hot play against a rested and motivated Lions squad coming off of their bye week. It promises to be a great football team, especially with the desperate Lions simply needing a win to maintain pace in the NFC North. Read on below to end of your Week 8 Sunday on a great note with a winning betting predictions.
Steelers vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -3 (-120)
@ Detroit Lions +3 (+100)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Steelers vs. Lions Pick:
When we last saw the Detroit Lions back in Week 6, they looked absolutely awful. They were in dire need of a bye week, and it will be interesting to see how they come out of it in Week 8. Matt Stafford looked hurt and lost commanding the offense, and his offensive line gave him very little help. By all accounts the bye week has helped to heal some bangs and bruises – and they’re saying all the right things in the lead-up to Sunday night’s showdown.
He’ll be going against a pretty scary looking Steelers’ defensive front. Even without Stephon Tuitt on the line, Pittsburgh still has Cameron Heyward and T.J. Watt who will wreak havoc along the Lions’ O-Line. Expect that duo to get after Stafford on Sunday evening and test out just how healthy he is. It also won’t help that Stafford will be without his favourite target downfield in wideout Golden Tate. Although the Steelers haven’t been the best side at limiting passing yards, it remains to be seen what Stafford can offer with his own health and limited options at his disposal.
Like the offense, the Detroit stop unit was also craving a break. They got crushed by the Saints in Week 6 and couldn’t stop anything. New Orleans ran for 189 yards and 2 TD’s just a couple of weeks ago, so you can only imagine just how dominant Le’Veon Bell will be on Sunday evening. Haloti Ngata continues to be out for Detroit – and that will just further open up running lanes for the elusive and powerful Bell. Look for a monster outing from him and that should set up Big Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game downfield.
The Steelers enter as one of the league’s best teams and all metrics back this up. They are plus-101 yards per game for the season and still hold the number two defense in the entire NFL. They are a complete squad, and though they don’t play as well on the road and have been prone to some big letdown games – don’t expect that on a primetime spot on Sunday Night Football. Pittsburgh is feeling it right now and they know they can’t afford slip-ups in a competitive AFC conference. Look for Pittsburgh to further their claim as one of the NFL’s elite on Sunday night.
PICK = Steelers -3 (-120)