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Pittsburgh favored big over Colts

Pittsburgh is a double-digit favorite for the second straight week, this time on the road against the struggling Indianapolis Colts.

A week after shutting out Seattle, the Steelers face the 0-2 Colts. The teams have met seven times since 1996 with each teams alternating ATS wins - if the pattern holds, its time for a Pittsburgh cover.

They may have a big number as it opened at -10 and was up to -12 and back down to -11. [ Best Steelers line was at TopBet however fans should beware the 17-2 SU run enjoyed by the Colts against AFC North teams ] 

View Pittsburgh vs Indianapolis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Indianapolis opened as 11-point underdogs , while the NFL total was set at 39 for over under betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 18-rated Steelers taking on the No. 30-rated Colts in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 27-12 win for the Steelers on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indianapolis's No. 29-ranked offense (13 PPG) against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 6 at 17.5 PPG. The Colts passing attack has averaged 174 yards per game, almost the same as the Steelers give up through the air (174 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 170 yards per game. Indianapolis, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

The Steelers were a 24-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Seahawks. They covered the 13.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (24) made winners of UNDER bettors. Mike Wallace hauled in 8 passes for 126 yards against the Seattle defense in the team's last game, leading Pittsburgh over the Seahawks 24-0 on Sunday.

The Colts were a 27-19 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Browns. They failed to cover the 1.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (46) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, the Colts were Week 2 losers coming out on the wrong end of 27-19 score against Cleveland.

Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 6-4

Indianapolis Colts Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 4-6

A few Steelers at Colts trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Indianapolis
Pittsburgh is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Indianapolis is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Indianapolis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Indianapolis is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Indianapolis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Houston, Sunday, October 2
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, Monday, October 3

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