7 comments on “NFL Week #7-The Week’s Five Best Bets

  1. Not saying it couldn’t happen – A.J. Green might be the best receiver in the league – but I don’t think the Steelers will lose this “must win” game. I’m biased because I’m a lifelong fan, but I’m also just familiar with a gritty Steeler team who seems to show up with their back against the wall. It’s been said, all too accurately, that we play down to our opponent. Hence the losses over the last few years to teams like Oakland (twice), the Browns, Tennessee, etc. However, that also works in the opposite when we’re playing a team who can score like Cincinnati (see: PIT vs NE last year). After Mendenhall’s horrid 2011, the Steelers are, unfortunately, getting used to not having a run game. But with Haley incorporating a lot more RB screens and TE crossing routes, our passing game could be better than ever. Look for Dwyer to do just enough on the ground to have play action work, but I’d expect Rainey got a few chances to turn a 2 yard pass into a MONSTER gain. His Sproles-like ability could come in handy on 3rd down.

    So, while I’m not naive enough to guarantee a victory, I’d be very surprised if Pittsburgh walks away 2-4. Especially since this is still only our first division match-up of the year. 3-3 and 1-0 in the division is still a solid record (especially since the Browns did us a favor!), but 2-4 and 0-1 is a death sentence.

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  2. All valid points AJ. I also think that Heath will have a more important role in the Steelers offense this week especially because they are lacking in their running game. Never called this game a ‘slam dunk’ but I just feel it’s very difficult to sustain as many injuries as the Steelers have accumulated on both sides of the ball, and still pull off a win. Mendenhall & Redman’s absences not only help get points on the board but it keeps the clock ticking and allows the Steelers more ball control as well.

    It’s one thing to play better when you’re back is up against a wall, but you need a full compliment of your defense, running backs and center Maurkice Pouncey (who i think is invaluable) to help you pull that off.

    That’s why they play the games on the gridiron AJ. The one thing I will agree with you on is that it’s a huge game for Pittsburgh.

    Thanks for checking in and good luck on Sunday night!

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  4. Looks good, Hank. It’s gutsy to ever take Oakland as a winner, but your reasoning seems sound, and the Lags aren’t much. I hope for the best for Cincy, but the Steelers lost last week, and I believe they MUST win. Still, the Bengals need a win almost as much!

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    • I promise that I’ll peruse next week’s contest involving the ‘Fish’ but won’t guarantee I’ll have them in my top five. They’re coming off of a bye so at least they should be well rested.

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