The Disrespect – Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers
In the disrespectful line of the week, the 5-2 Indianapolis Colts head into Pittsburgh as a 1-point underdog to the 3-4 Steelers. The Colts, who have won 3 straight, will be facing a team that just lost the first half against the winless Miami Dolphins, who many consider to be one of the worst teams in NFL history. Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett has preformed admirably after getting thrown into the fire following Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement, collecting 14 TDs through the air and another on the ground while only throwing 3 TDs through 8 weeks, leading to a respectable 21.7 fantasy points per game compared to Steelers’ starter Mason Rudolph’s 16.6.
Additionally, the Colts hold a significant statistical advantage in many of the key metrics used by professional handicappers including Red Zone TD Percentage (67% vs Pittsburgh’s bottom-five 41%), yards per game (346 vs 293), yards per rush attempt (4.2 vs 3.9), and third down conversions (45% vs 37%). With a stellar offensive line giving Brissett ample time to find his receivers while also opening up running lanes for future all-star RB Marlon Mack. The much improved defense has also held their own, keeping opponents to 21 points per game while putting up the 8th best time of possession differential in the league.
That’s why, regardless of the line movement in the Steeler’s favor, I’ll happily be taking the points with the Colts on the road, where they’ve gone 2-0-1 against the spread so far this season.
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