NFL Preseason Betting Lines: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
(2-0, 2-0 ATS)
(0-2, 0-2 ATS)
There is only one game on the NFLX betting slate on Sunday night, and it comes to you from the Mile High City, as the Denver Broncos face off with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Keep a close eye on the quarterback rotation for the Steelers this week as we have been doing all preseason long. QB Ben Roethlisberger is going to get the start, but HC Mike Tomlin is playing it very close to the vest about how long he will be playing. However, what he has said is that QB Dennis Dixon is going to get some time with the starters. Will that come in the first quarter, the second quarter, or the third quarter? That still seems to be the million dollar question. Regardless, Dixon and other prospective starter QB Byron Leftwich have both been excellent in this preseason, and they are both putting together a strong case to be the starting quarterback for the black and gold this year while Roethlisberger is suspended.
The Broncos have a major defensive problem right now to address. The team ranks dead last in the NFL in rush defense at 179.0 yards per game allowed, and it is translated on the scoreboard as well. As it is, the team can’t muster any semblance of a ground game, as 55.0 yards per game won’t cut it regardless of what time of year it really is. Now, to make matters worse, QB Tim Tebow is probably not playing in this game, which could mean more time for starting QB Kyle Orton… but could also mean more time for third stringer Brady Quinn. Orton has thrown for 261 yards with four scores and a pick in the preseason, but Quinn has yet to find the end zone and has been picked off once. He is also only completing 51.5 percent of his passes.
Winning is becoming something that the Steelers have become accustomed to. Dating back to last year, they have won six straight games. On the contrary, losing is becoming en vogue for the Broncos, who have lost six straight. The last time the hometown faithful saw a victory of any kind for Denver was back on November 26th. If you believe that Orton isn’t playing that much and that Quinn is going to get the nod for the entire second half, you back the Steelers. However, if you believe that Orton, a man that just cashed in with a huge payday, will be playing into the third quarter, Denver is the call. We’ll take the points for a home team that badly needs to reverse the losing trend going into the NFL betting regular season.
Selection: Denver Broncos +2.5
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