If there is one team given a chance to knock off the New England Patriots juggernaut, it is Pittsburgh if you are making NFL predictions. Offensively, the Steelers are the Pats peer, but it will come down to the Pitt defense.
Cincinnati and Baltimore could apply mild pressure, however, both has areas of concern and with Joe Flacco having back problems already, the Ravens would have serious offensive limitations. Cleveland remains in building process and nobody can tell yet if the Browns are really coming along.
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Here is our preseason preview with opinions from some of my sharp betting friends and my thoughts blended in. All the NFL odds listed are courtesy of Bookmaker.
With Ben Roethlisberger considering retirement in the offseason, there is more a sense of urgency to win now. If should be noted Roethlisberger does a touch of Brett Favre in him and loves the drama….Impressed coach Tomlin is taking offense to having Le’Veon Bell carry the load and saving hits on Big Ben….With Bell, Antonio Brown and the offensive line, they each rank in the Top 3 in football in their respective positions….On defense, Cameron Wake and Ryan Shazier have to be healthy all year for the Steelers defense to improve….With Roethlisberger injury-prone, betting Over 11 is risky business for NFL picks.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 8/3)
Not sure where this franchise is. Injuries were a big part of last year’s 6-9-1 season and so was indifference from those on the field….Cincinnati will never win a Super Bowl with Marvin Lewis as head coach, but they do not trust themselves to find and pay somebody more money to win in the postseason….Andy Dalton is a modestly above average quarterback who cannot win without a running game and exceptional talent around him….Defense slipped last season and showed little passion when it counted, look for them to bounce back….Vontaze Burfict should be the best inside linebacker in the NFL, instead he’s a punk.