The Pittsburgh Steelers are 1.5-point favorites on the road when they face the St. Louis Rams in this NFL week 3 betting tilt. The game kicks off on CBS this Sunday, Sept. 27th at 1:00 PM ET. Cord-cutters can stream the game via CBSsports.com
Great news for the Steelers is they are welcoming back the NFL’s second-leading rusher from a year ago to complement the league’s current second-best rusher.
“I’m going to play Le’Veon Bell,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. “We’ll figure that out as we go. If 26 is available to us, we’re going to use him.”
The St. Louis Rams are still waiting on the debut of rookie running back Todd Gurley. In a surprise move, coach Jeff Fisher took the rook off of this week’s injury report.
A Closer Look At The Pittsburgh Steelers Vs St. Louis Rams NFL Week 3 Betting Odds, & My Expert Pick
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: St. Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Spread: Steelers -1.5
Moneyline: Steelers -128 vs Rams +108
Game Total: 47.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs St Louis
Why Bet On Pittsburgh (-1.5) to Beat St. Louis
Welcome back Le’veon Bell!
A lot of NFL fans are wondering what Pittsburgh is going to do now that RB Le’Veon Bell is back in the fold. The reason that many fans are wondering that is because Bell’s replacement, De’Angelo Williams, has been so effective rushing the football in Pittsburgh’s first two games of the season.
Williams has been unstoppable. He already has 224 yards from 41 carries, a 5.5 per carry average, and 3 touchdowns. With Williams running so well, will Bell get any touches on Sunday? Pittsburgh is going to use both Williams and Bell in the rushing and passing attacks. Both are capable of catching passes and both are capable of running sweeps and between the tackles.
Pittsburgh has too good of an offense to not realize that the way that Washington attacked St. Louis’ defense in Week 2 is what they should do in Week 3. Washington gave the ball to both Alfred Morris and Matt Jones. Jones and Morris combined for 182 yards rushing. Washington beat St. Louis 24 to 10.
Pittsburgh’s Williams and Bell could definitely equal the rushing yards that Washington posted against the Rams. If they do so, Pitt will blow out the Rams because Ben Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Why Bet On St. Louis to Beat Pittsburgh (-1.5)
The Rams only have a prayer if they control the clock
St. Louis has one chance of winning this game. They can’t rely on their defense because Pittsburgh’s offense is just too good. Not only that, but St. Louis’ defense hasn’t been playing as well as it is.
Todd Gurley says he's ready to play vs. Steelers if asked http://t.co/96MZaO9lpM
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 24, 2015
The only chance that St. Louis has of winning this game is to slow the game down by controlling the clock with their rushing attack. St. Louis’ rushing attack has been non-existent so far this season. The Rams are averaging 71.5 rushing yards per game. Against Seattle in Week 1, the Rams rushed for 76 yards on 26 carries, a 2.9 yards per carry average. In Week 2, the Rams rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries. The average came out to 5.15 yards per carry, but the Rams dug themselves into such a big hole that they had to give up on the run early on in the game.
That same thing could happen against the Steelers, which is why the Rams have to get their rushing attack going in order to keep the ball out of Big Ben’s hands. It’s not likely that the Rams’ rushing game is good enough to control the clock. The Steelers should easily beat St. Louis on Sunday. I am picking Pittsburgh as the smart bet in this game. My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 38, St. Louis 17.