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Steelers are Easily Cashing Tickets as Faves

The Pittsburgh Steelers are loaded with weapons on both sides of the ball and figure to be once again in the mix when it comes to playoff time. The Chicago Bears are not. On the heels of consecutive losses, the Bears will look to right the ship in the Windy City on Sunday.

Xbet opened the Bears as 7.5-point home underdogs with a total of 45.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Steelers are 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games in the early afternoon.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Steelers’ last five games.
  • The Bears are 0-6 SU in their last six games in the early afternoon.

Despite winning their first two contests, the Steelers have yet to truly hit their stride ahead of Week 3. Le’Veon Bell was held to only 32 rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 before putting up 87 against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, but you can expect to see more from the dynamic running back in the coming weeks.

Here’s a trend that will appeal to bettors of the black and gold: in the Steelers’ last 10 as a favorite, they’re 10-0 SU and 7-2-1 ATS. While football bettors tend to be wary of backing favorites of a touchdown or more, Pittsburgh hasn’t given us a reason to doubt them when it comes to putting points on the board – especially against lesser teams like the Bears.

Despite signing a lucrative offseason deal, Mike Glennon is clearly looking like a placeholder as the Bears groom the 2017 No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky. Glennon struggled against his former team last week, as the signal-caller went 31 of 45 for 301 yards and a touchdown to go along with three turnovers (two interceptions, one lost fumble) in an ugly 29-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

Chicago’s running game has been non-existent to start 2017, and things likely won’t get any better against the Steelers’ solid rushing defense. The Bears managed a pitiful 20 yards on 16 carries on the ground against the Bucs as lead rusher Jordan Howard was clearly playing through a shoulder injury. Howard was spotted wearing a sling after the tilt.

When getting the underdog label at home, the Bears have been a fairly solid UNDER play. In Chicago’s previous 11 as home dogs, the OVER/UNDER is 3-8.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers in this one found them as 7.5-point favorites earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 46 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 22-18 win for the Steelers on Sunday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Chicago Bears Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago will face the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers, who own a 1-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bears are 0-2 so far this season while the Steelers are 0-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 4-rated Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the No. 28-rated Chicago Bears in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 12 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 6 this week at 13.5 PPG. The Bears aerial game is averaging 233 yards per game, more than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 163 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Pittsburgh Steelers feature the league's No. 3-rated road run defense, allowing 57 yards per game. The Chicago Bears, meanwhile, ranks No. 9 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Steelers' last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Ben Roethlisberger as they handed Minnesota a 26-9 loss at Heinz Field.

Mike Glennon led the way last time out for the Bears, connecting for 301 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 29-7 loss to the Bears at Raymond James Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Chicago is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Sunday, October 1
Chicago at Green Bay, Thursday, September 28