Date/Time: December 16th, 4:25 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Pittsburgh -1
NFL Betting Game Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing Dallas
- Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
- Pittsburgh is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Dallas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games at home
One of Sunday’s premier NFL betting showdowns pits a pair of teams against each other that are hoping to sneak into the back end of the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers are going on the road in this one, and they are going to have to make sure that they don’t set their sights ahead to next week’s game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Sure, winning that game is likely to make it so Pittsburgh will get into the playoffs, even if it finishes up the year at just 8-8, but it doesn’t want to leave anything to chance with a few teams still hoping to catch up from behind. The Steelers were terrible in last week’s 34-24 loss at home against the San Diego Chargers, and that defeat really set the team backwards and kept San Diego and the Cleveland Browns mathematically alive for the second season. QB Ben Roethlisberger was terrible in his return to the lineup, throwing for just 285 yards and three scores. Don’t let those three TDs fool you though, as a good chunk of Big Ben’s stats came in garbage time. The team still doesn’t have a premier running back, and the offensive line got Roethlisberger into a lot of trouble and sacked twice.
The Cowboys really did what they had to do last week by beating the Cincinnati Bengals with a late comeback. It was a really emotional win following the passing of teammate DE Jerry Brown. Now, Dallas has won two straight and four out of five, and it is just a game back of the New York Giants in the NFC East race and one back of both the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks for the two Wild Card slots. There are still essentially eight teams vying for three spots, but one of those spots will go to the NFC East champs. DE Jay Ratliff is expected to miss a fourth straight game with a groin injury, while DB Mo Claiborne and DB Orlando Scandrick are both out as well. The real question mark is WR Dez Bryant, who is hoping to play with a broken finger that will require surgery at some point to fix. Bryant is the team’s leading receiver with 1,028 yards on 75 receptions, and he is the favorite deep target of QB Tony Romo. Romo needs just 72 yards to reach 4,000 for the season, and we would expect that the team is going to end up with three 1,000+ yard receivers with Bryant, WR Miles Austin (819 yards) and TE Jason Witten (880 yards).
Historically, the Steelers find ways to win when all of the marbles are on the line, while the Cowboys tend to find ways to lose. That might be the case once again in this one on Sunday, but we think that Big D is going to get the better of an overrated Pittsburgh outfit more often than not. Dallas 28 – Pittsburgh 24
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