The Indianapolis Colts will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in this AFC South vs AFC North showdown. The Colts have won three games in a row and they are in a tight division race. The Steelers are trying to find themselves and they might end up losing their division lead to the Cleveland Browns. Who will win this game? Read our Colts vs Steelers picks, find the best odds, lines, free bets, and legal US Sportsbooks where to place your bets!
When is Indianapolis vs Pittsburgh?
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27
Location: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Colts vs Steelers Odds & Spreads
Moneyline: IND: (-123) I PIT: (+115)
Spread: IND: -1.5 (-108) I PIT: +2 (-105)
Total: Over: 44.5 (-109) I Under: 45 (-107)
Indianapolis is tied for first in the AFC South Division, 10-4 overall, and 8-6 ATS. The Colts are ranked ninth in the power rankings and the defense has been playing well in key moments. They have an above average offense and they rank eighth in passing. The Colts score around 29 points per game. The defense is slightly above average and they rank fifth in rushing defense. They give up around 23 points per game. The Colts have been finding different ways to win and the offense has been productive.
Last week, they beat the Houston Texans 27-20. Most of the game was close and the Colts had enough defense to get the victory. Quarterback Philip Rivers went 22 of 28, for 228 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The Colts got production from the running game and a few receivers. The third down efficiency and 2 turnovers by the Texans were the keys to the win.
Pittsburgh is first in the AFC North Division, 11-3 overall, and 8-6 ATS. The Steelers are 11th in the power rankings and simply aren’t playing good football right now. Pittsburgh has an average offense and their rushing game is second to last in the league. They score around 26 points. The Steelers have an above average defense and they rank second in passing yards. They give up around 19 points per game. The Steelers had an easy path of games to an 11-0 start and now they can’t even beat the bad teams.
Last week, they lost to the two-win Cincinnati Bengals 27-17. The Bengals set the tone early and scored 17 points on Pittsburgh turnovers. The Steelers made things interesting in the third quarter, but the offense fell flat again in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 20 of 38, for 170 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. JuJu Smith-Schuster needs to stop dancing on the opponents logos because he is giving his team some bad juju in their overall play. The Steelers need to figure out their offensive flow again.
Head to Head
This will be the 32nd all-time meeting between the Colts and Steelers. Pittsburgh leads the series with a 25-6 record. In the last ten games, the Steelers are 8-2 and 6-4 ATS. The over/under is 5-5. Indianapolis scores around 19 points and Pittsburgh is at 27. The Steelers have the edge in all the key areas. Pittsburgh has won six straight games over Indianapolis.
Our Colts vs Steelers Picks & Predictions
This is a huge game for both teams. The Colts will make the playoffs as either a division winner or a wild card team. In a few weeks, the Steelers went from Super Bowl contenders to probably losing in the first round of the playoffs. Now they might even lose their division title. If Pittsburgh loses this game, the Browns will steal the title in week 17. Indianapolis is the better offensive team and the production has been solid for six weeks now. The defense will try to pick up some turnovers from the sloppy play of the Steelers.
Pittsburgh seems to be playing worse each week. In the three losses, they have only scored in two quarters, and it looks like they are starting to play from behind, more than controlling games. The Steelers defense can maybe slow down the Colts passing game and that can lead to momentum on the offense. The bottom line is Indianapolis is finishing their games in style, while Pittsburgh forgot how to win football games. The Colts win 27-20 and cover the spread.