Posted: 9/22/2013 2:37:58 AM
CHI @ PIT +1 ou 40.5
Good news for PIT is Heath Miller might play.
Bad news is that Heath Miller isn’t going to fix the ground
game for PIT.
PIT can’t run. Second to last in the NFL, they have only
75yds total in 2 gms. (2.4 yds/carry)
Off. Coord. Todd Haley is on the hot seat. Does Antonio
Brown or Ben have a problem with Haley?
PIT will shuffle the RBs and Felix Jones could take over for
PIT’s offense will do better than last 2 gms
but that isn’t too high a bar to reach. (19pts in 2 gms)
Poor Ben has been sacked 7 times (5 vs TEN, 2 vs CIN)
already and they take their toll on a 31 yo 10 year vet.
PIT still has a strong defense with 2 PBowlers Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark
and newcomer 1st rd draft pick Julius Jones.
Ike Taylor probably gets B. Marshall after holding CIN’s AJ
Green to 45 yds, but unless the D starts scoring, PIT has a hard time getting
CHI seems to have shored up the Off. line pass protection
spending for Jermon Bushrod NO Pbowl LT
,picking up Matt Slauson LG,
and drafting Kyle Long RG in the first round,
Jay Cutler has only been sacked 1 time in 71 pass atts.
(although he has been knocked down a few times). That stat is going to change
vs PIT’s D.
The combo of Martellus Bennett/ Brandon Marshall been
outstanding and the duo has 342yds/5 tds in 2 gms. (Their combined salaries
about $14 mil a year.)
Add in Matt Forte and new NFL coach Trestman from the CFL is
winning games … although barely.
If only Cutler didn’t throw ints (3 so far), and Forte didn’t
fumble, but they still have wild card Hester returning kicks for 46 yds a
CHI doesn’t have to worry too much about the run game of PIT
after the loss of PBowl center M . Pouncey and 1st round draft pick
LeVeon Bell still injured.
CHI has a good secondary with Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman
(2 ints already, but is listed as questionable for gm) and Julius Peppers to
keep Antonio Brown, E. Sanders and J. Cotchery (trio has 356yds/1 td in 2 gms)
That last game winning drive by CHI against MIN shows that
CHI could be a contender with Cutler finally becoming consistent.
Taking CHI -1