Free Week 3 Prediction: Steelers vs. 49ers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 3
(0-2) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-0)
Date: Sunday, September 22nd
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
NFL Week 3 ATS Betting Lines: 49ers -6
NFL Week 3 Moneyline Odds: OFF
NFL Week 3 NFL Betting Total: 45.0
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This week three game will see the 49ers play at home for the first time in the 2019 regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are already suffering a ton of injuries.
The Steelers lost to the Seahawks in week two 28-26. They now fall to 0-2, but also just got the bad news that Big Ben will need elbow surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
This leaves a ton of question marks surrounding the future of Big Ben. They will turn to Mason Rudolph now, who was actually close to completing the comeback for Pittsburgh.
Rudolph threw for 112 yards on 12 of 19 and threw for two touchdowns. He also had one interception.
Another worrisome injury was that of James Conner. He hurt his knee in this game and is already listed as questionable.
If Conner is out, the Steelers may turn to rookie, Benny Snell, to handle the carries. He had 1 carry for 23 yards against Seattle. The other option is Jaylen Samuels, who had 3 carries for 18 yards. Regardless who is in the backfield, there will be regression in the run game.
The defense was not great in this game as they were gashed for 426 total yards. They allowed 300 yards through the air, which is concerning given that Jimmy Garoppolo has played well for the 49ers.
The Steelers did force two fumbles in this game which gave them a fighting chance, so maybe they can force the 49ers into making a few mistakes to keep their injury-riddled offense alive.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have been very impressive to start the season and they crushed Cincinnati 41-17 in their week two matchup. They now return home for the first time, so you know the stadium will be rocking given their fast start.
Jimmy Garappolo has been the star so far as he threw for 297 yards in the game against the Bengals, three touchdowns and just one interception.
To go along with their passing offense, their run game also dominated. They had 259 rushing yards, led by Matt Breida, who gained 121 yards on 12 carries. Raheem Mostert ran the ball for 83 yards on 13 carries and caught 3 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was great again just like in week one against Tampa Bay. They held the Bengals to 25 yards rushing in the entire game. They were beat in the secondary however, as they allowed 311 passing yards from Andy Dalton. They did hold strong in the red-zone and limited the Bengals to a 1 of 3 day.
Having to face Mason Rudolph may be tricky because there is not much film on him, but he is no where near the talent level of Big Ben, so the 49ers should be able to adjust.
Also, they look to have a stout run defense, so if James Conner is unable to suit up, the 49ers should have a ton of success stopping the run.
NFL Betting Trends:
- PIT are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 36-15 in PIT last 51 road games.
- Under is 7-3 in SF last 10 games on grass
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: San Francisco 49ers -6
The Steelers have too many injuries at the moment and I do not think they will be able to do much against a 49ers defense that has already shown some great improvement. I like the 49ers to start the season 3-0 at home with Jimmy G under center.
NFL Free Week 3 Score Prediction: Steelers 17 – 49ers 27
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