|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the NFLNFL betting lines handicappers have one of the best Monday Night NFL betting matchups of the season to evaluate as upstart Denver hosts defending champ Pittsburgh. NFL betting lines have been beaten 6 out of 7 times by the Denver Broncos this year while the Pittsburgh Steelers have proven to be a NFL betting overlay at 2-5 against the spread.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 straight up, however, and is coming off their bye week that followed a 27-17 win over the NFL betting lines against the Minnesota Vikings as 6-point home favorites. The Steelers have won 4 consecutive games straight up and remain one of the best defensive teams in NFL betting as they rank 7th overall in points allowed.
The Steelers offense is improved from the 2008 NFL football betting season as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a 102.6 quarterback rating and a 70% completion rate with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
The Steelers are 0-3 with the NFL betting lines on the road this year. The Denver Broncos were picked to be one of the worst teams with the NFL betting lines this year after an off-season of turmoil but that has proven to not be the case as they lead the AFC west with a 6-1 straight up record.
The Broncos are coming off their first loss to the NFL betting lines this season as they were manhandled at Baltimore 7-30. Denver head coach Josh McDaniels did not sugar coat the defeat.
“They were coached better, played better, more physical, played faster basically in every area of the game,” said McDaniels. “We certainly didn’t do enough in any phase to win the game. Hard lesson to learn, and we’ve got a week now to get ready for Pittsburgh and make a lot of progress and improve significantly.”
Denver has enjoyed noticeable improvement on defense as they rank 2nd with the NFL betting lines in points allowed. Quarterback Kyle Orton has been a pleasant surprise with the NFL betting lines as he has a 95.5 QB rating with a 9/1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Broncos special teams have struggled recently with the NFL betting lines as they have allowed touchdown kick returns in each of their last two games.,
The road team has covered the spread in 4 out of the last 5 meetings between these two teams and they have gone over the total in 5 out of the last 6 matchups.