Chicago Bears (3-5, 3-5 ATS) At Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3, 3-4 ATS)
FanDuel Line: Steelers by 6 (39.5)
The skinny: The Steelers, who now are the sixth seed in the AFC playoff standings, will be seeking their third straight win in opposition to a Bears workforce on a 3-activity losing streak.
Specifics: In Chicago’s 33-22 dwelling loss to the 49ers last 7 days, the Bears performed without the need of coach Matt Nagy (COVID), premier defender Khalil Mack (sprained foot), and star safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring) early on. Nagy has been cleared for this recreation, but LB Mack stays questionable and Jackson’s position is however up in the air.
When these teams past met, in 2017, Chicago prevailed 23-17 in time beyond regulation with 222 speeding yards, just one of four game titles that time it had 200-in addition on the floor. The Bears have not strike that range even when the previous four seasons.
The Steelers have re-emphasized the jogging video game behind rookie very first-spherical select Najee Harris, who has averaged 24 carries and 98 yards the earlier 3 game titles. Prior to that, he never ever experienced a lot more than 16 rushes or 62 yards.
Chicago QB Justin Fields has started off only 6 video games but has been sacked a league-higher 26 occasions and has 8 fumbles, also tops on the chart, with 5 coming the past two months. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers are hoping PK Chris Boswell can crystal clear concussion protocol or they’ll be needing an additional kicker.
Examination: Till Fields starts acquiring much much better ball stability, is quicker to make decisions in the pocket, and stops rocketing throws into outer area, the Bears are off-limitations even with Monopoly income. He’ll no doubt be experience tension from LB T.J. Watt, who’s second in the NFL with 8.5 sacks. On the other aspect, with Mack (six sacks) ailing, the Bears have not gotten to the quarterback their previous two games, which must make Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger a minor much more relaxed in guiding an offense that’s often hard to get off the field as evidenced by 3 drives they’ve experienced that bundled 7 1st downs. No other crew has additional.
Decide: Steelers 24, Bears 14
Past week: 4-11 ATS, 5-10 SU
Period total: 62-57-3 (.521) ATS 77-45 (.631) SU