The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their crusade of beating up on inexperienced and backup-level quarterbacks when they travel to Chicago to face Mike Glennon and the Bears. Glennon is looking for a strong showing to keep the buzzards and rookie QB Mitch Trubisky at bay.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Point Spread: Steelers -7.5
Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET
Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Steelers opened as 7.5-point road favourites (-110) on the Sports Interaction NFL odds board.
Pittsburgh continues to rack up wins but the team struggles to cover the spread on the road against the lesser sides in the league. The Steelers are just 6-20 against the spread in their last 26 road games versus squads with losing home records.
The Bears, on the other hand, are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, including Week 1 when they covered as 6.5-point home dogs against the Atlanta Falcons.
Keeping with the Steelers’ away struggles, the under is 20-7 in their last 27 road games.
Mike Tomlin’s men are 2-0 (1-1 ATS) after their first two games, but the victories have come against the sad-sack Cleveland Browns and the Sam Bradford-less Minnesota Vikings. Is Pitt good or just a product of its fortunate, early season schedule?
It’s unlikely the Bears will be able to answer this question for bettors.
We do know the Steelers are winning their games without a fully effective Le’Veon Bell, who is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry and 2.7 yards per catch. If the All-Pro running back gets his groove back this weekend, it could be over in a hurry for Chicago backers.
No one expected big things from the Bears this season but their front office raised expectations when they backed up the Brink’s truck to sign quarterback Mike Glennon in free agency. The former Bucs backup has four turnovers in his first two starts for the Bears and he’s got a rookie first round draft pick behind him on the depth chart.
Chicago kept things close at home in Week 1 against the Falcons and might have even sneaked a win if running back Jordan Howard’s hands weren’t made of stone.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears Prediction
Steelers 23-Bears 19