The Monday Nighter is interesting again after a Week 14 battle between the Seahawks and Rams as the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Steelers play at the San Francisco 49ers.
Both teams come off mediocre games, but the 49ers have been one of the most successful Monday Night teams for bettors. In 23 games going back more than a decade, they are 18-4-1 ATS.
The 49ers had 10-game ATS win streak as a favorite snapped last week at Arizona. Big Ben's injured ankle will keep the oddsmakers guessing this week, watch the Week 15 line moves closely on this game.
The 49ers were favored by 3 points late Sunday at , check for the latest Monday Night Football odds.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated 49ers and the No. 3-ranked Steelers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 28-25 result in favor of the 49ers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Francisco's No. 12-ranked offense (23.6 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 2 at 15.2 PPG. The 49ers passing attack has averaged 182.1 yards per game, more than the Steelers give up through the air (179.1 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Steelers own the league's No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 119.8 yards per game when on the road. San Francisco, on the other hand, rates No. 8 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 14-3 result against the Browns on December 8. The Steelers failed to cover in that game as a 14-point favorite, while the 17 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Pittsburgh won its last game, 14-3 over Cleveland on Thursday, behind a 151-yard receiving performance from Antonio Brown at Heinz Field.
San Francisco lost its last outing, a 21-19 result against the Cardinals on December 11. The 49ers failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 40 combined points took the game OVER the total. The 49ers suffered a Week 14 loss against Arizona in their last game, falling 21-19 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 8-2
San Francisco 49ers Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on grass are 8-2
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 7-3
A few Steelers at 49ers trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games on the road
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 8 games
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Saturday, December 24
San Francisco at Seattle, Saturday, December 24