The Pittsburgh Steelers return to the friendly confines of Heinz Field where they have functioning headsets. They will welcome the 6-point underdog San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.
What: San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: 71 °F/ Sprinkles Early
Wind: West 9mph
Spread: Steelers -6
Moneyline: San Francisco +235 vs Pittsburgh -275
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: San Francisco vs Pittsburgh
Why Bet On San Francisco to Beat Pittsburgh (-6)
The 49ers season opener was an eye-opener for their critics.
What’s up with the San Francisco 49’ers? No other team in the NFL went through as many changes as San Francisco did during the off-season. Not only did San Francisco change coaches, but the entire defense looks different than it did a year ago. They also lost their starting running back.
All the 49’ers did was start out the season by taking it to one of the most buzzed about teams during the pre-season, the Minnesota Vikings. As a close to -3 point home underdog, San Fran dominated the visiting Vikings 20 to 3 in a game that showcased how effective the new defense might be this season. The defense held RB Adrian Peterson to 31 yards on the ground. They didn’t let QB Teddy Bridgewater throw a TD. In fact, they picked off Bridgewater once.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 18, 2015
But, as good as the defense looked; it’s the San Francisco offense that really impressed. Colin Kaepernick will never turn into Aaron Rodgers. But, he appears to finally understand what his game is. Kaepernick went 17 out of 26 for 165 yards. It doesn’t look great but it was effective. He didn’t throw an interception. More importantly, he didn’t throw a pick and he rushed for 41 yards. Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh could have their hands full with the San Francisco offense on Sunday.
Why Bet On Pittsburgh (-6) to Beat San Francisco
The Steelers won’t be stopped, not after last week’s loss.
Pittsburgh’s offense figures to be on track as well this weekend. San Francisco didn’t play against the most dynamic offense imaginable in Week 1. Minnesota should be good this season, but they’re vanilla compared to Pittsburgh.
The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has plenty of weapons. WR Antonio Brown is unstoppable while RB Deangelo Williams looked great when shredding the Patriots’ rush defense in Week 1. The Steelers also threw the ball more to tight-end Heath Miller because WR Martavis Bryant is suspended until Week 5.
Ben Roethlisberger says he "always felt [the Patriots] knew some of our plays" pic.twitter.com/GZnhXtoWrR
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) September 17, 2015
Pittsburgh is plenty motivated to put up at least 30 points in every game this season. They failed against the Patriots as New England held them to 21 points. But, Pitt has a lot of pride. The offense should get off to a great start in the first game at home. Expect Big Ben to pick apart the San Francisco defense. If it comes to a shootout, and the Steelers figure to force San Francisco’s hand in that respect, Pittsburgh should prevail. I am betting on the Steelers to cover the 6-point spread. My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 31, San Francisco 24 .