Pittsburgh has played the underdog role well, winning 15-9 in OT against the Atlanta Falcons and 19-11 against the Tennessee Titans on the road. While their offense has struggled to get anything going, the defense has been dominating. Last week, they forced Tennessee into 7 turnovers, and held the Titans to 238 total yards on offense, many coming in the last few minutes of the game. Players like James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, and Troy Polamalu have been dominant. Having a healthy Polamalu, who has injured most of last year, plus the return of DE Aaron Smith, has made a huge difference on this attack defense.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has shown a surprising amount of offense in NFL Picks wins over the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. In their 20-7 NFL Predictions victory over Carolina, quarterback Josh Freeman threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Freeman also scrambled out of trouble, gaining 43 yards. The ground game was just good enough to take pressure off of the young, athletic QB, with Cadillac Williams gaining 51 yards on 27 tough carries.
Forget the ground game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh defends the run better than any team in the NFL. Tampa will have to win by throwing the ball and the Steelers have shown vulnerability in the secondary. Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense, though, will bring a lot of pressure on Freeman and the OLBs should contain any scrambles as they did against Vince Young last week. NFL Odds & Lines makers have made Tampa Bay +3-115 home underdogs at Bodog.com, with the total sitting at 33 points.
Pittsburgh should be to able to control this game on defense and hope they get just enough points to eke out another hard-fought victory in a low scoring game. NFL Week 3 Picks take the under – even though it is at 33, and look for the Steelers to cover the NFL Points Spreads with a victory.
NFL Trends - The Steelers trimmed the Buccaneers 20-3 at home in 2006. Vegas-spreads.com thinking it will be the same out come as it was in 2006, as NFL Week 3 Picks is on Pittsburgh Steelers and under the total.
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