Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 9/20/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 2
Game: Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh -4.5
Heinz Field is the venue where Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Denver opens this matchup as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 44.5.
The Denver Broncos come into this matchup with a record of 0-1 this year. In Week 1 they played the Tennessee Titans and ended up taking the loss by a score of 16-14. Leading the way at QB for the Broncos was Drew Lock who went 22/33 with 216 yards passing and completed 1 TD. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Melvin Gordon III paced the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 25 yards and he tallied 1 TD in the game. He rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Noah Fant was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 81 yards on 5 receptions. He had an average of 16.2 yards per reception for that game. The Denver Broncos ran the ball 26 times and generated 107 yards which had them averaging 4.1 yards per carry. In all, they ran 59 plays which added up to 323 yards. For the contest, the Broncos had a total of 19 first downs and they had 5 penalties for 56 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Denver conceded 29 completions on 43 tries for a total of 247 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.0%. On the ground, the Broncos conceded 130 yards on 34 tries which is an average of 3.8 yards per carry allowed. In the game, they conceded a total of 377 yards but didn't get any takeaways.
Thus far in his career, Fant has grabbed 4 touchdowns and has a long reception of 75 yards. His catches per contest and yards per game average are 2.6 and 37.8 yards. He has earned 643 yards and has an average of 14.3 yards/reception. His percentage of passes caught is 62.5% and he has that by hauling in 45 of the 72 throws that went in his direction. Noah Fant has laced them up in 17 contests for his career. In the 6 contests in his career, Lock has connected on 122 of his 189 attempts for a total of 1,236 yards. He averages 206.0 yards per game through the air with a 89.7 QB rating. Lock has passed for 8 TD's while tossing 3 interceptions and the longest pass of his career went for 48 yds. He's lost 26 yds while being the victim of a QB sack 5 times. His TD percentage on pass attempts is 4.2% and his interception percentage is 1.6%.
The Steelers head into this matchup 1-0 for this year. Last week they took on the New York Giants and won 26-16. Benny Snell Jr. paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 30 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 113 yards by way of 19 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.9 yards per carry. JuJu Smith-Schuster was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 69 yards on 6 receptions. He had an average of 11.5 yards per catch in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Steelers was Ben Roethlisberger who went 21/32 with 229 yards through the air and threw 3 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Pittsburgh Steelers ran the football 30 times and generated 141 yards which gave them an average of 4.7 yards per run. In the game, the Steelers earned a total of 19 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 21 yards. In all, they ran 64 plays for 349 yards. In terms of defense, Pittsburgh gave up 26 catches on 41 attempts totaling 262 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. On the day, they allowed 291 yards and forced 2 takeaways. On the ground, the Steelers gave up 29 yards on 20 runs which is an average of 1.5 yards per carry allowed.
James Conner has coughed up the ball 5 times in his career and his longest rush is 29 yards. He is gaining 41.8 yards per contest and has scored 16 different times on the ground. He's carried the ball 369 different times for an average of 4.3 YPC. To this point in his career, Conner has laced them up in 38 contests and has gained 1,590 yds on the ground. Smith-Schuster has accumulated 2,964 yards as a receiver in 43 games for his career. He has caught 217 balls thrown his way which averages 13.7 yards per catch. His longest reception of his career went for 97 yards and he's been able to snag 67.6% of the passes thrown in his direction. Smith-Schuster (19 touchdowns through the air) has compiled an average of 68.9 yards per contest receiving and he averages 5.0 receptions per contest in his career.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers -4.5
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