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Roethlisberger, Steelers Host Hasselbeck, Colts In Sunday Night Football Matchup

Posted by on 12/2/2015 9:04:36 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race heading in to Week 13 of the NFL season. The Indianapolis Colts are also 6-5, but that record is good enough for first place in the AFC South right now. It will be a tale of teams with identical records but opposite situations when the Colts and Steelers clash on Sunday Night Football this week and with every win magnified the rest of the way there is no doubt about the importance of this game for two playoff contenders. 40-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has helped keep Indianapolis on track to make the playoffs with his strong play but this matchup with Pittsburgh projects to be the toughest test for he and the Colts so far this season.

Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday December 6, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET

NFL Betting Line: Pittsburgh -6.5

What The Colts Will Have To Do To Win

Hasselbeck has completed 64.7-percent of his passes for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns compared to just two interceptions while guiding the Colts to wins over the Jaguars, Texans, Falcons and Buccaneers in his four appearances in place of the injured Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck has exceeded all expectations and the Indianapolis defense has really stepped up in consecutive wins but the Colts still have some major issues including an inability to move the football on the ground or stop the run. That could be a problem in chilly temperatures in Pittsburgh on Sunday night with the Steelers looking to bounce back following a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. Indianapolis will need to find a way to establish some sort of a run game in order to keep the pressure off of Hasselbeck and even then they will also need their defense to step up as well in order to have a chance to win this game on the road against a tough opponent.

What The Steelers Will Have To Do To Win

Ben Roethlisberger revealed after that defeat that he had likely suffered a concussion in that game and had dealt with the effects of throughout the loss. Roethlisberger did say he felt better at practice this week so there is no reason to think any effects of the concussion will carry over. Pittsburgh will rely on its aerial attack once again this week and it won’t be a surprise if they do everything they can to get Antonio Brown going early on. Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards last week against the Seahawks but Markus Wheaton had a career-high 201 yards including Roethlisberger’s only touchdown pass while Brown was held to six catches for 51 yards. The Steelers ran the ball only eight times with DeAngelo Williams last week but that was more about circumstance than anything to do with him. The veteran running back has averaged 4.9 yards per carry this season and there is a good chance Pittsburgh will try to take advantage of the Colts’ inability to stop the run by handing him the football. The Steelers rely heavily on their passing attack and if they can get their ground game going to compliment the vertical passing game on offense they should be able to win this game.

Outlook & Pick

Indianapolis has played better over the past couple of weeks but their schedule hasn’t exactly been overwhelming and the atmosphere will be a lot different against the Steelers this weekend. Look for Pittsburgh to torch the Colts’ defense both on the ground and through the air to win this game while covering at home under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football.

Pick: Pittsburgh -6.5

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