Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 12/27/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 16
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh -1
Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts (10-4) head to Heinz Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3). Pittsburgh opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 48.5.
The Indianapolis Colts head into this matchup 10-4 this season. In their last contest they played the Houston Texans and earned the victory by a score of 27-20. Philip Rivers went 22/28 with 228 yards passing and tossed 2 TD's. He ended the game without an interception. Jonathan Taylor paced the team in rushing in the game. He broke a long run for 14 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for 83 yards via 16 carries which gave him an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Zach Pascal led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 79 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 15.8 yards per catch in the game. The Indianapolis Colts ran the football 23 times and earned 127 yards earning them an average of 5.5 yards per attempt. On the day, they ran 53 plays for 350 yards. For the game, the Colts totaled 20 1st downs and they had a total of 4 infractions for 35 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Indianapolis conceded 33 catches on 41 throws for a total of 342 yards, and a completion percentage of 80.0%. Against the run, the Colts conceded 83 yards on 21 tries which is an average of 4.0 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they conceded a total of 425 yards and forced 2 turnovers.
In terms of scoring points, the Indianapolis Colts are sitting at 28.5 points per contest. As a team they hold an average of 114.0 yards rushing which is 15th in the league. The Colts have attained 5,247 yards in total for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Indianapolis has amassed 22 touchdowns via the pass and 16 touchdowns via the ground. The Colts rank 11th in the league in relation to their opponents scoring, allowing 22.9 points per contest. They are allowing an average of 3.8 yards per run and 98.1 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. Overall, they have conceded 1,373 running yards through 14 games. Concerning passing yards, the Colts have surrendered 3,304 yards which puts them in 17th in the National Football League. In their 14 games played this season, they have yielded 236.0 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 65.6%. In total, they are conceding 334.1 yards/outing ranking them 7th in football.
The Steelers come into this matchup with a record of 11-3 for this year. In their last outing they went up against the Cincinnati Bengals and lost 27-17. Benny Snell Jr. led the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 29 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for a total of 84 yards on 18 carries which had him averaging 4.7 yards per run. Diontae Johnson was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 59 yards on 8 catches. He earned an average of 7.4 yards per reception for that contest. Ben Roethlisberger went 20/38 with 170 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers ran the ball a total of 23 times and added 86 yards which earned them an average of 3.7 yards per carry. In the game, the Steelers racked up 12 1st downs and they had 4 penalties for 30 yards. On the day, they finished with a total of 62 plays which added up to 244 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh gave up 7 catches on 13 throws totaling 78 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.0%. Overall, they gave up 230 yards but finished the game without a turnover. Against the run, the Steelers gave up 152 yards on 41 tries which means they had an average of 3.7 yards per attempt allowed.
During the season so far, the Steelers currently sit at 3,362 passing yards not to mention an average of 240.1 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 17th out of all NFL teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold an average of 329.0 yards/game which ranks them 25th in football. They average 88.9 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 1,244 yards for this year. Regarding putting points on the board, the Steelers rank 13th out of all teams in football scoring 26.1 points per game. The Steelers are sitting in 2nd in the league concerning the opposition scoring, conceding 18.9 points per game. The opposition is running for an average of 4.1 yards per running attempt and 104.6 rushing yards per contest this season. Overall, they have allowed 1,464 running yards through 14 games. Regarding passing yards, the Steelers have allowed 2,706 yards which puts them in 2nd in the NFL. In their 14 games played this season, they have conceded 193.3 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 55.9%. Over the course of this season, they are conceding 297.9 yards per game ranking them 2nd in the National Football League.
Who will win tonight's Colts/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Colts +1
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