The San Francisco 49ers have the bad omen of playing at Heinz Field for the Steelers home-opener after Pittsburgh was manhandled by the Patriots last week. Think it can’t get any worse? Kick-off is scheduled for 10 AM San Francisco time and the 49ers are playing on a short week after their MNF victory over the Vikings.
The Las Vegas NFL odds-makers agree and have the Steelers as 6-point favorites over the 49ers. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, Sept. 20th at 1:00 PM ET.
San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers Online Betting Preview & My Expert Pick
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: 49ers +225 vs Steelers -265
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: San Francisco vs Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh (0-1 SU, 0-0-1 ATS) couldn’t get past its own mistakes in their 28-21 Week 1 loss to New England, but managed to eke out a Push against the Pats as 7-point road dogs.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 26 of 38 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown and one interception while veteran running back DeAngelo Williams had a monster performance in rushing for 127 yards on 21 carries.
Defensively, the Steelers looked lost and confused as they allowed Tom Brady to throw four touchdown passes, including three to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Of course, there was some additional ‘drama’ that took place following the game when Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin complained that he and his coaches couldn’t communicate because they were hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast in their headsets.
While the official response from the NFL was that it was a temporary problem caused in part by the weather, opposing teams have complained of headset problems in Gillette Stadium for years, and hey, it’s the Patriots.
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San Francisco (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) looked absolutely phenomenal in its convincing 20-3 season-opening win over Minnesota to easily cash in as a 3-point home underdog.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 17 of 26 passes for 165 yards, but it was the Niners’ punishing ground game that led them to victory. Running back Carlos Hyde rushed 26 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns while Kaepernick added another 41 rushing yards on seven carries.
Hyde said he was thinking about Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson periodically throughout the game.
"That was also in the back of my head, to outdo a guy who’s been leading the NFL in rushing. That’s tremendous to outdo a guy like that, Adrian Peterson, a great running back," Hyde said. "I used to watch his highlights. To be able to outrush him, that’s great."
How To Bet This Game:
While the Steelers looked mediocre at best in their Week 1 loss and San Francisco performed far better than anyone could have imagined, I think the right pick for this Week 2 contest is a play for Pittsburgh to narrowly cover the spread and 58 percent of the betting public agrees.
San Francisco is just 1-6 ATS in its last seven games while Pittsburgh has gone 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and a near-perfect 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record.
In addition to that, 53 percent of public bettors like the Under for this Week 2 matchup and so do I, seeing as how the Under is 4-0 in Frisco’s last four games against a team with a losing record and an identical 4-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last five games overall.
I am picking the Steelers -5.5 and the Under-45.5 as a smart bet. My final score prediction is San Francisco 17, Pittsburgh 24.