Detroit Lions vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 8/28/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 3
Game: Detroit Lions vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Location: Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (-3)
The Detroit Lions (3-13-1 last year) are en route to Acrisure Stadium on Sunday where they will play the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1 last season). Pittsburgh opens this game as 3-point favorites. The total is set at 38.5.
The Detroit Lions ended the season with a 3-13-1 record. In their last contest of last season, the Lions stepped onto the field against the Packers and earned the victory with a final of 37-30. Jamaal Williams was the best rusher for the Lions with 13 carries for 43 yards (3.3 yards per carry). Amon-Ra St. Brown held an average of 13.6 yards per catch by notching 109 yards on 8 receptions. Jared Goff went 21/30 with 238 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 115.7 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Lions conceded 122 yds on 27 tries, which calculates to 4.5 yds per rush surrendered. Detroit gave up 24 pass completions on 35 attempts for a total of 256 yards, and a completion rate of 68.6%. In all, they had 59 plays which converted into 404 yds. The Detroit Lions ended up running the ball 26 times and totaled 99 yards, earning them an average of 3.8 yards per carry.
Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the Detroit Lions had an average of 19.1 PPG. As a unit they averaged 110.9 yards on the ground, which ranked them 19th in the NFL. The Lions had 5,484 total yards for the previous season. Detroit accounted for 193 1st downs as a team, and they were flagged for 105 infractions for 824 yards. They turned the football over 23 different times (14 interceptions and 9 fumbles lost). Detroit totaled 23 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns.
When it comes to passing yards, the Lions conceded 4,160 yards which had them ranked 24th in the NFL. During their 17 games, they conceded 244.7 yards per contest via the pass in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 66.0%. They allowed 379.8 yards per contest which ranked them 29th in the National Football League. They gave up 31 passing touchdowns in addition to 19 rushing touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per rush and 135.1 yards on the ground per contest last season. Over the course of last season, they conceded 2,296 rushing yards through 17 outings. The Lions were ranked 31st in the NFL in relation to team defense, allowing 27.5 PPG.
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The Steelers wrapped up their season having a 9-7-1 record. In their last game last season, the Steelers walked away with a loss by a score of 42-21 against the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger (2 touchdowns) ended the game with 215 yards on 29/44 through the air while his quarterback rate was 92.5. He didn't throw any picks and his avg yards per attempt was 4.89 yds. Diontae Johnson was one of the featured targets for the Steelers, hauling in 5 balls for 34 yds (6.8 yards per reception). Najee Harris carried the football 12 times for 29 yards, ending the contest with 2.4 yards per attempt for Pittsburgh. The Steelers finished the game with a total of 257 yards and they ran 66 plays (3.9 yds per play). Pittsburgh rushed the ball for 2.8 yds per carry, totaling 56 yards on 20 attempts. Pittsburgh allowed 22 rushing attempts for 106 yards (4.8 yards per carry). The Steelers pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 77.5%, relinquishing 372 yds on 31 for 40 passing.
Regarding their scoring prowess, the Steelers had a ranking of 21st in football scoring 20.2 points per outing. Over the course of last year, the Steelers threw for 3,778 yards via the pass in addition to averaging 222.2 passing yards per outing, which ranked 15th in the NFL. They held an average of 93.1 yards via the ground game and ran for 1,583 yards for the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers had an average of 315.4 yards/game which was good for 23rd in the league. The Pittsburgh offense racked up 831 yds of penalties on 106 violations, which had them sitting 12th in the league in terms of giving up free yards. They gave away 11 picks while losing 9 fumbles and they obtained 204 first downs.
Pittsburgh gave up a total of 2,483 yards via the ground game (146.1 yards per game) in addition to 17 touchdowns via the rush last season. They surrendered 24 touchdowns via the pass as well as 215.1 yards/game, which had them sitting 9th in the NFL. They earned 22 turnovers (9 fumbles recovered and 13 picks) during the previous year. Last year, they gave up 398 total points. The Steelers defense participated in 1,116 plays, ranking them 27th in the league. The Steelers surrendered 23.4 points per game, ranking them 20th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers -3
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