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Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals Odds & Game Pick

by December 7, 2019

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These odds were taken from FanDuel Sportsbook on December 6, 2019.

With just four games remaining for both the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, both teams are trying to make the most out of seasons going in directions they couldn’t have pictured. For the Steelers, they have been forced to play almost the entire season without their starting quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger), running back (James Conner), and top wide receiver (JuJu Smith-Schuster) but have leaned heavily on their defense to get them where they are today, fighting for a Wild Card Spot. For the Cardinals, their rookie head coach and quarterback have shown signs of promise but have struggled to find any kind of consistency. With kickoff fast approaching, let’s take a closer look at this rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl with strikingly different rosters.

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Details

  • Opening Lines: The Steelers opened up at -1.5, and the over/under opened at 43.5. The numbers have moved slightly in favor of the Steelers and the total has remained at 43.5.
  • Current Line: Steelers -2
  • O/U: 43.5
  • Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Start Time: 4:25 pm ET
  • Television: CBS
  • Last Meeting: October 18, 2015 – Pittsburgh defeated Arizona 25-3 at Heinz Field

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Overview

The quarterback carousel that has been the Steelers’ season has likely found it’s final resting spot with their third-stringer and FCS product Devlin “Duck” Hodges now at the helm. Coming into this matchup, the Steelers will once again be forced to play without their starting running back James Conner and top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who are both sidelined with nagging injuries. The story all season, however, for this Steelers team has been the emergence of their defense as one of the very top units in the entire NFL. Through 12 games, the Steelers are allowing opposing offenses just 18.8 points per game and have only lost to some of the league’s elite in New England, Baltimore, Seattle, and San Francisco.

For the Cardinals, a rough start was followed up by three straight wins that brought this team to 4-3 heading into a Week 8 showdown with the Saints, igniting the Cardinals’ fan base at the idea of Kingsbury/Murray success in year one. This Arizona team then proceeded to lose their five games since, giving up 30 or more points in four of those contests. Murray has played well but has received little to no help from not only his defense but the rushing game as well. Through 12 games, not only is he the leading rusher, but former elite running back David Johnson has fallen off a production cliff, averaging just over 30 yards per game and tallying just two touchdowns on the season.

Trends

  • Steelers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games
  • Steelers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up win
  • Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record
  • Under is 22-5 in the Steelers last 27 games as a road favorite
  • Under is 20-7 in the Steelers last 27 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
  • Under is 8-2 in Cardinals last 10 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game

Bottom Line

While the Steelers’ offense led by Hodges and the cast of characters around him has played decent, they’ve far from lit up the scoreboard, scoring 21 points or less in each game since Week 9. I see no reason for that to change this week. On the other side, Murray and Kingsbury have their work cut out for them as well, facing a Steelers’ secondary that flies to the ball. I like this total to go well under as the Steelers take the lead in playing a conservative brand of football.

Pick: Under 43.5

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