The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-1 straight up over their last nine games against the Detroit Lions but just 2-5 against the spread in the last seven games in this head-to-head series. The Steelers will try to pick up another win over the Lions this Sunday night on the road.
Pittsburgh is a 3-point road favorite in Detroit at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last 14 games as a betting favorite, the Steelers are 12-2 SU.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions
When: Sunday, October 29, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Betting Line / Total: Pittsburgh -3 / 46.5 Points
The recipe for success for the Steelers on offense is fairly simple; get the ball into Le’Veon Bell’s hands.
Since losing to Jacksonville 30-9 at home, the Steelers are 2-0 SU and ATS. Bell had 191 total yards on 35 touches in Pittsburgh’s 19-13 win over Kansas City and 192 total yards on 38 touches in the team’s 29-14 win over Cincinnati. Dating back to last season, the Steelers are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games in which Bell gets 30 touches or more.
The Steelers have been a strong road team in recent seasons, boasting an 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS record in their last 10 games away from home per the OddsShark NFL Database.
Detroit surged out of the box to a 2-0 SU and ATS start with back-to-back upset wins over the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants. But since then, the Lions are just 1-3 SU and ATS.
The Lions entered their bye week on the heels of a 52-38 blowout loss, and getting the defense shored up will be critical to making a playoff push in the second half of the season. Detroit is just 3-13 SU in its last 16 night games.
Sunday night’s total is set at 46.5 points. The OVER is 4-0 in the last four games between Pittsburgh and Detroit.
The Lions are a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games coming out of a bye week. To earn an upset at home on Sunday, Detroit will need to find a way to keep Bell’s production in check. In five games as a home underdog since the start of the 2016 season, the Lions are 3-2 SU and ATS.