Pittsburgh Steelers will take on Denver Broncos in the NFL 2021 season Week 5 on Sunday afternoon. The home side wants to end its poor streak and finally book a victory. The visitors head to this game with a 3-1 record, but they lost their latest match against Baltimore Ravens at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers lost against the Packers 27-17 in the previous round, and they want to get back on the winning track after losing three times in a row. The hosts are at a 1-3 record, and they are at the basement of the AFC North. On the other hand, the away side opened the campaign with three straight victories. However, that run came to an end last weekend, and they want to get back on the winning track. Denver Broncos currently top the AFC West division with a 3-1 record.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Can they break the poor run?
It hasn’t been a good start to the new campaign for the Steelers, as they already lost three times in four rounds. Despite opening the NFL 2021 season with a victory over the Bills on the road, Pittsburgh lost its next three games. They are still searching for the first win in front of the home crowd, as they failed to beat the Raiders and the Bengals. The Steelers lost their latest match against Green Bay on the road, and they were pretty bad in offense in that one. Pittsburgh was held to 282 total yards, while they also made two turnovers.
Big Ben passed for 232 yards with a score and an interception, but he hasn’t been on the expected level so far in the campaign. The Steelers quarterback threw for 1,033 yards this season with four TDs and four interceptions, while he was sacked ten times. Pittsburgh’s leading rusher is Najee Harris, with 185 yards and a touchdown, while Diontae Johnson has 233 receiving yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, T.J. Watt sacked the opponent QBs 5.0 times, while Joe Schobert is the Steelers leading tackler with a total of 29.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, Ray-Ray McCloud, James Washington, Eric Ebron, Derek Watt, Dan Moore Jr., Kendrick Green, J.C. Hassenauer, B.J. Finney, Chukwuma Okorafor
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, Isaiahh Loudermilk, T.J. Watt, Devin Bush, Joe Schobert, Alex Highsmith, Joe Haden, Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, James Pierre
Quarter Back: Mason Rudolph
Kicker: Chris Boswell
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Denver Broncos – Will they get back on the winning track?
The Broncos have enjoyed a solid campaign so far, as they opened it with three straight victories. Denver was better than the Giants and the Jaguars on the road, while they beat the Jets in front of the home crowd. However, they failed to succeed against the toughest opponent so far, Baltimore Ravens, as they suffered a 23-7 home defeat. They were held to just 254 total yards in offense, with Drew Lock throwing for 113 yards and an interception.
The Broncos starting QB Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out in Denver’s losing effort on Sunday, and the visitors will need to deal with his absence. Bridgewater passed for 892 yards so far, with five TDs. Melvin Gordon III is Denver’s leading rusher with 248 yards and two scores, while Courtland Sutton leads the receiving corps with 257 yards. On the other hand, Kareem Jackson logged 21 tackles, while Von Miller sacked rival quarterbacks 4.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Javonte Williams, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, Kendall Hinton, Noah Fant, Andrew Beck, Garett Bolles, Netane Muti, Lloyd Cushenberry III, Quinn Meinerz, Bobby Massie
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Shelby Harris, Mike Purcell, Dre’Mont Jones, Malik Reed, Alexander Johnson, Justin Strnad, Von Miller, Kyle Fuller, Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons, Bryce Callahan
Quarter Back: Drew Lock
Kicker: Brandon McManus
Expert Pick #1 – Under 39.5 @-110
My major pick for this game is Under. Denver has been excellent in defense so far, with only 12.3 points allowed per match on average. On the other hand, Pittsburgh has been scoring just below 17 points per game while allowing 23.3 points on average. Therefore, I’ll take the Under here.
Expert Pick #2 – Pittsburgh Steelers +2 @+3300
The Steelers had a pretty tough schedule so far, and it is not surprising that they celebrated only once. On the other hand, the Broncos lost against their toughest opponent pretty easily, and they could also struggle in Pittsburgh. I see the Steelers covering the spread here, and it’s going to be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Denver Broncos Under 20.5 @+3300
Denver scored only seven points against the Ravens without their starting QB, and Bridgewater will likely be out of the roster in this match as well. Since the hosts haven’t been too bad in defense, I don’t see the Broncos scoring more than 20.5 points in this one. The odds are pretty good, and I’ll take this one as my third pick.