Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at San Francisco 49ers (-3)
The Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers +3
49ers vs. Steelers Betting Overview
The Monday Night Football game will feature two teams heading towards the postseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers will head across country to take on the San Francisco 49ers. This is the final Monday Night game before Christmas, with one more remaining before the New Year. The Steelers are tied with Baltimore atop the AFC North. The Steelers lost both games to the Ravens, so they need to finish ahead to win the division and get the home field advantage. Pittsburgh is coming off a win last Thursday over Cleveland. For San Francisco, they are a game ahead of the Saints for the second seed in the NFC. The second seed is guaranteed a home game in the second round; following a bye. The 49ers took a tough loss to Arizona last week; on the road.
San Francisco 49ers News and Betting Tips for Sunday, December 18, 2011
The 49ers are disappointed about their road performance last week. The 49ers are looking to get back on track, and show the AFC that the NFC is not going to be stopped this postseason. San Francisco is the top defense against the run. Opponents are averaging just over 70 yards per game on the ground. The 49ers clinched the NFC west two weeks ago, when they head the struggling St. Louis Rams scoreless. San Francisco’s led by Frank Gore and his six touchdown runs, and Vernon Davis, who has five touchdown receptions. The 49ers have allowed a league low 182 points through 13 games.
Pittsburgh Steelers News and Betting Tips for Sunday, December 18, 2011
For Pittsburgh, they are looking to get back to the AFC title game, like a season ago. The Steelers came up a bit short in the Super Bowl, falling to Green Bay. The status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for this game is questionable. The quarterback is questionable with an ankle injury. If people know Big Ben, he will play in this game. One game the Steelers for sure will not have is defensive stud Jerome Harrison, who is suspended for a game due to a hit on Colt McCoy. The Steelers are the top team against the pass, allowing 179.1 yards per game. Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall lead the way with 8 touchdowns each .
Our Steelers vs. 49ers Pick and Predictions
It’s interesting to see Mike Tomlin and his Steelers as an underdog. The 49ers have been a great surprise in the league this season. Both of these teams have tough defenses that have the ability to shut opponents down. Look for this game to be a very low scoring game. In the end, we feel the toughness and the physical ability of the Steelers is going to get them over the top. Pittsburgh has been in situations like this before. We are going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers +3 over the San Francisco 49ers in this one. No matter the result, we feel this is going to be an excellent football game on Monday Night Football!
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