Rams visit Steelers in Week 16 NFL clash
St. Louis Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
The St Louis Rams are playing out the string and could get stomped hard by a team still fighting for the AFC North title.
The Week 16 point spread between the Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers will reflect this reality when the number opens. Big Ben's ankle injury will keep the line off the board for the near term.
The Steelers have a short week after losing to the 49ers on MNF. They face a Rams team that is 1-8 SU and ATS on the road lately. The Steelers are 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in their past 10 home games.
The Rams are just 2-10-1 ATS in 13 trips as an underdog, while the Steelers are 13-1 SU past 14 games as NFL betting chalk.
The Steelers are listed as 16-point favorites at sportsbooks, with the total listed at 37.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Steelers) and the No. 30 (Rams) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 23-5 result in favor of the Steelers is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 22-ranked offense (20.4 PPG) against a Rams defense that ranks No. 25 at 24.7 PPG. The Steelers passing attack has averaged 260.5 yards per game, more than the Rams give up through the air (206.3 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Rams feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 141.1 yards per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks No. 8 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 20-13 loser as they battled the Bengals at home. The Rams earned a push in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 33 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rams suffered a Week 15 loss against Cincinnati in their last game, falling 20-13 at Edward Jones Dome.
Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 20-3 result against the 49ers on December 19. The Steelers failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 23 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Ben Roethlisberger handled the 49ers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 330 yards and 0 scores, but Pittsburgh still lost to San Francisco 20-3.
St. Louis Rams Trends:
When playing in December are 2-8
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing outside the division are 2-8
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 7-3
A few Rams at Steelers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis's last 11 games
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
St. Louis home to San Francisco, Sunday, January 1
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Sunday, January 1