The last two teams of the week to kick it off on Monday Night Football betting action this week are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Check out some of the NFL prop bets that are available at BetDSI, as we analyze the betting lines and see which sides to play.
Will the Chiefs Ever Lead Against the Steelers? (-110): There is going to be a point at some point that Kansas City is going to take the lead in a game, but this might not be the game. Remember that this team has not led for a single second all season long, and this game this week comes against a team that is playing incredibly well, especially on the defensive side of the ball. There shouldn’t be all that much in the way of chances for the Chiefs to take the lead, and if they don’t do it early, they probably aren’t going to end up doing it at all.
Total Punts Over 8.5 (+100): Bring on the punt team again. The Chiefs have an atrocious offense, and it was only on the grace of so many turnovers that they only punted the ball once last week against the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, in the games leading up to that one, the Chiefs punted the ball five, six, five, four, five, and seven times. That’s a whole heck of a lot of punting. The Steelers are going to run the ball and get time coming off of the clock, but three and outs are still three and outs, and there should be plenty of them. Rain is expected in the forecast, and that’s only going to make the field conditions worse and worse to play in. We would be shocked if both teams don’t punt the ball at least five times in this game, and perhaps a whole heck of a lot more when push comes to shove.
Matt Cassel Under 20.5 Completions (-120): Head Coach Romeo Crennel is insistent that he is going to be benching anyone that turns the ball over, and we have to figure that that will include Cassel as well. Considering the fact that he has -300 odds to throw an interception in this one, the odds are good that at some point, he is going to throw a pick and perhaps get the hook. There hasn’t been a game in which he has played that Cassel didn’t throw at least one pick, and Crennel can’t like that fact. Cassel has completed 19, 20, and nine passes in his last three starts, and we just don’t think that he is going to be getting there in this one either, especially knowing that the Pittsburgh defense has now allowed less than 200 passing yards to three straight quarterbacks.
Heath Miller To Score a Touchdown (+100): Miller has definitely slowed down over the course of the last few weeks, but he still has a great chance of scoring a touchdown in this game. The former Virginia Cavalier has found the end zone in five of his eight games this year, including in two of the last three. The rain should make the offenses for both teams more conservative, and that includes in the red zone, where Miller and QB Ben Roethlisberger love to hook up with one another. That means that Miller could be a good end zone target on Monday night for sure, especially if the ground game ends up struggling just a bit. The Chiefs have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends this year, including one last week against the Chargers.
Total Sacks Over 4 (-110): The Steelers have gotten at least two sacks in five games this year and at least three sacks twice against teams with porous offensive lines. Cassel tends to hold the ball for far too long when he is standing back in the pocket, and with the likelihood that RB Jamaal Charles is going to struggle to carry the ball against this stout rush defense, that means that Cassel is going to have to take the time to go through some progressions. The Chiefs have allowed at least three sacks in half of their games this year, including five against the Buffalo Bills back in Week 2. Remember that KC does have at least three sacks in three out of eight games as well this year, and the Steelers still have a sieve of an offensive line that has allowed at least three sacks in four out of eight games.
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