Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0; 1-1 ATS; 0-2 O/U) vs. Chicago Bears (0-2; 1-1 ATS; 0-2 O/U)
NFL Week Three: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 1:00pm EST
Line: Pittsburgh -7.5
The Chicago Bears will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week three battle Sunday afternoon from Solider Field. The Steelers notched a solid 26-9 home win over the Vikings last week, and the Bears are coming off a rough 29-7 road loss to the Buccaneers. These teams last met in 2013 with the Bears defeating the Steelers by a 40-23 score.
Steelers Roll Past Vikings in Easy Win
The Pittsburgh Steelers played stifling defense in their 26-9 home win over the Vikings last week to improve to 2-0. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t put up huge numbers but was still solid, connecting on 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and zero picks. The 35-year old quarterback has now collected 506 passing yards with a 4:1 TD to INT ratio through two games. Le’Veon Bell was decent, amassing 87 rushing yards on 27 carries, equating to an average of only 3.2 yards per carry. The star running back only saw ten carries in week one after missing most of training camp due to a contract issue. Expect Bell to break through this week now that he is in game shape. Antonio Brown was not as productive as week one, making five catches for 62 yards. The eight-year receiver accumulated 182 yards in week one. The Steelers potent offense features a ton of depth which includes Martavis Bryant who registered 91 receiving yards and one touchdown after a quiet week one. The Steelers have yet to really show their full offensive potential after two games however there is a good chance they explode offensively in an easy matchup against the Bears.
The Steelers defense was outstanding against a Vikings team without Sam Bradford, conceding only 237 total yards. They held Minnesota to a 5 for 15 mark on third downs and made two sacks. The Steelers defense is off a great start and face a very weak Bears offense this week.
Bears Offense Struggles in Blowout Loss to Bucs
The Chicago Bears turned the ball over four times in their 29-7 road loss to the Buccaneers in week two. Mike Glennon was able to move the ball in the air, connecting on 31 of 45 passes for 301 yards with one touchdown, but he did toss two interceptions and also lost a fumble. The 27-year old quarterback has now tallied 514 passing yards with a 2:2 TD to INT ratio through two games. The Bears do have their first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky waiting on the sidelines, and there is a good chance he will eventually get a start this season. The Bears did nothing on the ground in the loss last week, rushing for only 20 yards with Tarik Cohen collection 13 yards. Jeremy Howard struggled big time, rushing for only seven yards on nine carries. Kendall Wright had a strong showing, making seven catches for 69 yards. The 27-year old receiver has now recorded 103 receiving yards through two games. The Bears were competitive at home in week one against Atlanta but the Chicago offense was very sloppy against the Buccaneers.
The Bears defense had trouble stopping the run last week, conceding 117 rushing yards. They did hold Winston to only 194 passing yards and a 2 for 5 mark in the red zone. The Bears will have their hands full again against a powerhouse Steelers offense this week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing fewer than 15 points in their previous game.
- 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.
The Cleveland Browns are:
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 September games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after recording more than 250 passing yards in their previous game.
I am going with the Steelers in this matchup. The Steelers should walk all over the Bears and take this one in a blowout. The Bears offense is not capable of hanging with the Steelers, they have no running game, and their passing game is subpar with Mike Glennon at the helm. Furthermore, the Steelers feature a powerhouse offense that has yet to fully show their full potential, however they were still able to crush the Vikings 26-9 last week. The Bears do not have any depth at cornerback, so I expect Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant to get open downfield with ease. Le’Veon Bell is now in game shape after missing the preseason and he should have a big game as well. The Steelers are a Superbowl contender while the Bears are one of the worst teams in the NFL so they should take this one easily.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -7.5
The Steelers should break through with a dominating performance this week after a decent showing in week two. The Bears will be in trouble defensively as they simply don’t have the talent to contain the Steelers ferocious offense. They just allowed 29 points to the Bucs and the Steelers’ offense is even more potent, so I expect big points from them, plus the over is 25-12 in the Steelers’ last 37 games after allowing fewer than 250 total yards in their previous game. Chicago won’t score many, but they are at home so they could get on the board on a few times, and the over is 11-5 in their last 15 games in September.