The Steelers have a lot to play for in this game as they continue to fight to maintain a playoff spot. Needing a win in this game, they have the luxury of attacking a poor Jets defense that really struggles against opposing receivers. The only problem is, Devlin Hodges hasn’t exactly been giving those guys much to work with. Over his last four games, Hodges is averaging just 171 passing yards with no more than a touchdown thrown in each. The Jets have been a very tough team to run against, so the effectiveness of James Conner is crucial in this game. Making his return last week, Conner carried the ball eight times for 42 yards in a 10-17 loss to the Bills.
Defense is likely what’ll win this game for the Steelers, which is likely a huge reason they’re favored. They posses an excellent pass rush and have been solid through the air and on the ground. It’s a very tough spot for Sam Darnold, who is taking an average of 3.2 sacks per game. In recent games against teams with tough secondaries, Darnold managed just 218 passing yards against the Ravens, 239 against the Bengals and 86 against the Patriots. Overall, this is going to be a very tough game for the Jets offensively, as evidenced by the Steelers allowing an average of 15.7 points over the last three weeks, which is the third-lowest total in the league over that span.
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Steelers at Jets
Point Spread: Jets +3
Total Points: 38.5
Money Line: Steelers -148; Jets +130
Overall: Steelers 8-6; Jets 5-9
ATS: Steelers 7-5-2; Jets 5-9
O/U: Steelers 3-11; Jets 7-7
No names on final injury report — JuJu Smith-Schuster said he would still be a game time decision
Doubtful: G Tom Compton (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee)
Questionable: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (illness), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), CB Brian Poole (concussion, ankle), RB Bilal Powell (ankle), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
Notable Prop Bets
- Under 19.5 points
- Under 2.5 touchdowns -225
- Steelers moneyline and under parlay +205
- Under 16.5 points
- Under 1.5 touchdowns +117
- The Steelers have won each of their last five day games.
- The Jets have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight home games against AFC opponents.
- Each of the Steelers’ last six games have gone UNDER the total points line.
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