Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview

Monday, December 7, 2020, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 5 p.m. ET

Washington at Steelers Betting Preview: Washington (+8.5/-110), Steelers (-8.5/-110)

Washington Football Team

Rookie Antonio Gibson will be looked upon to continue his torrid stretch as the Washington Football Team (4-7) bid to extend their season-high two-game winning streak at the expense of a club that has yet to lose this season. The third-round pick totaled 136 scrimmage yards (115 rushing, 21 rushing) and a season-best three touchdowns in Washington’s 41-16 win at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

While Gibson aims to become the first rookie to record a rushing touchdown in six straight games since Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew accomplished the feat in 2006, receiver Terry McLaurin and fellow second-year player Montez Sweat have been making strong contributions as well. McLaurin posted his NFL-high-tying seventh performance of at least seven catches on Nov. 26 while Sweat had an interception return for a touchdown.

Sweat (six sacks), Ryan Kerrigan (5.5), Tim Settle (five) and rookie Chase Young (4.5) have help Washington tie for second in the NFL with 36 sacks. Four of Settle’s five sacks have come in the past five games.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger’s arm very well may be tired after recording season-high totals in completions (36) and attempts (51) for the Steelers (11-0) in their 19-14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the receiving end of Roethlisberger’s lone touchdown toss, the wideout’s third score in the past four games.

Diontae Johnson boosted his four-game total to 32 catches after matching Smith-Schuster with eight receptions on Wednesday. Rookie Chase Claypool, who leads the team in receiving yards (611), joins Johnson (583) and Smith-Schuster (572) in giving Roethlisberger three effective and productive targets.

Pittsburgh’s vaunted defense took a significant hit, however, as coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that linebacker Bud Dupree will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Rookie Alex Highsmith will attempt to fill the void left by Dupree, who has eight sacks this season and 39.5 during his six-year career.

Washington at Steelers Betting Pick for Week 13

Tomlin wasn’t too pleased with what he watched on Wednesday, going so far as to use the term “junior varsity” in describing the Steelers’ play against their bitter rivals. Pittsburgh will have a short week to prepare for a Washington team that has a spring in its step after winning back-to-back games, albeit against opponents with a combined 5-16-1 record.

While well-rested Washington will do its best to spring the upset in this one, the Steelers have more than enough talent to continue their winning ways. Pittsburgh, in fact, can clinch a playoff berth with a win Monday.

Washington at Steelers Betting Pick:

Steelers 21, Washington 17

Washington at Steelers Best Bet for Week 13

Although Pittsburgh is averaging a league sixth-best 28.8 points per game, its running game failed to get untracked on Wednesday with Benny Snell Jr. replacing James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list).

A short week will not do any favors for the Steelers’ offense, but Pittsburgh’s defense is a sizable step up in class than what Washington has been facing of late.

Washington at Steelers Best Bet: UNDER 42.5 total points (-110)

–Field Level Media

Week 12 Super Bowl Odds: Did Another Steelers’ Win Move Them Ahead of KC?

Hello NFL fans and welcome back to our weekly column where we’ve been discussing the list of teams that are considered legitimate title contenders. A week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints rounded out the coveted list.

Since all three of these teams won last week, there wasn’t too much of a shakeup in where they rank from a betting standpoint. However, being that two teams currently share the second-best odds; I’m going to include four teams on the list instead of three. With that said, here’s a look at the teams with the best odds to win the big game in 2021.

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1100). Last Week (NR)

It has been a while since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the discussion as a potential title favorite, but here we are. Thanks, to a few additions – namely Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski – the expectations for this team increased dramatically from a season ago. And the Bucs have lived up to those expectations, for the most part, posting six wins through their first eight games.

However, they’ve hit a rough patch recently, dropping two of their last three outings. This includes a poor showing in a 38-3 loss against the Saints in Week 9 and a 27-24 loss against the Rams on Monday Night Football.

Things don’t get any easier for Tampa Bay as they will face off against the Chiefs in Week 12. On the other hand, their last four games are against sub .500 teams, which means that the Bucs could still be in the hunt for a playoff berth with a strong finish down the stretch.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: New Orleans Saints (+550). Last Week (+650)

Let’s give a huge shoutout to the Saints. After posting a 1-2 mark in their first three games, they’ve reeled off seven straight victories to improve to 8-2 on the season. Not only that, but they’ve done so without the services of Drew Brees, who has been sidelined with an injury over the last six quarters and is expected to miss a few more games.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers (+550). Last Week (No Change)

Despite the Saints’ impressive 8-2 mark, though, the Steelers should get the nod as the team with the second-best odds, if not the odds-on favorite altogether.

The Steelers are the lone undefeated team in the NFL. They are ranked fourth in total defense (306.9 yards per game); third in passing yards allowed per outing (203.5) and seventh in rushing yards allowed (103.4). Furthermore, the Steelers are allowing just 17.4 points per game and their last three opponents have scored a total of 32 points combined. Given the fact that Brees will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future, look for the Steelers to solidify their hold on the No. 2 spot.

Super Bowl Odds Favorites: Kansas City Chiefs (+300). Last week (+350)

The Chiefs have been considered the odds-on favorite for quite some time now and that trend continues going into Week 12. KC started the season with victories in each of their first four games before a 40-32 setback against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.

Since that little hiccup, the Chiefs have rattled off five straight wins and have the second-best record in the NFL at 9-1. While the margin of victory in their last two games is a combined six points, the Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.

Additionally, the aerial attack is starting to round into form (over 340 yards in each of the last three outings), which could be a troublesome trend for opposing teams down the stretch. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this should be a two-team race between the Chiefs and Steelers the rest of the way.