Steelers home dogs to Bears Sunday
The mighty Pittsburgh Steelers are home underdogs for only the fifth time under coach Mike Tomlin, when the Chicago Bears visit on Sunday night.
But they have been very tough in this position, going 8-1-1 ATS in 10 games since 2000, according to the new Odds Shark NFL database.
The undefeated Bears opened as 2-point favorites over the struggling 0-2 Steelers, who have major issues on offense.
Pittsburgh has scored just 19 points in its first two games in losses to the Titans and Bengals. The Steelers rank 31st in rushing and 26th in passing and will be on a short week, after falling at Cincinnati on Monday night.
The Bears have pulled out two close games to start the season. They needed a last-minute touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to nip the Minnesota Vikings, 31-30, Sunday.
This will be the first road game for the Bears this season. Chicago is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games, while the Steelers have limped to 1-6 ATS mark lately. Pittsburgh has trended heavily UNDER the total at home (11 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games).
The Steelers sit at No. 20 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Bears are at No. 16 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bears will win this game 20-11.
Chicago won its last outing, a 31-30 result against the Vikings on September 15. The Bears failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 61 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Steelers suffered a Week 2 loss against Cincinnati in their last game, falling 20-10 at Paul Brown Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 9.5 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 25.5 PPG. The Steelers aerial game is averaging 198.5 yards per game, less than the Bears secondary allows through the air, 252 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Bears feature the league's No. 22-rated road run defense, allowing 127 yards per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks No. 28 in rushing offense at home.
A few Bears at Steelers trends to consider:
Chicago is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago at Detroit, Sunday, September 29th
Pittsburgh at Minnesota, Sunday, September 29th