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Bet on the NFL  In a battle of the American Football Conference, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are first in the AFC North with a record of (10-3-0) will host the New York Jets this Sunday. When betting on football remember that the Jets are in second place in the AFC East with a (9-4-0) record. The total over under is listed at 36.  With Ben Roethlisberger now suffering from an apparent ankle sprain to go along with his broken foot and broken nose, it will be necessary to lean on the team's stable of running backs to create offense against New York.

In this case, lean more heavily on Isaac Redman than Rashard Mendenhall. Here's a couple of reasons why that should be the case: Mendenhall has a ton of carries already. It would be best if his workload was decreased slightly as the team heads toward a likely playoff berth. Giving Mendenhall more rest now increases the likelihood that he'll be ready later. Also, Redman is more of a downhill runner. Mendenhall likes to cut back and then explode. Against an attacking defensive front, having someone who can freight train into the hole and push ahead for tough yards might make the rushing attack much more effective.

Mix the two evenly with Mewelde Moore available for some third downs and as a relief option. He's been effective in short spurts this season, so keeping him in the bullpen will be very helpful. It's official now. Ben Roethlisberger is the NFL's new iron man. He will never likely match Brett Favre's streak of 297 consecutive starts, but now that Favre is on the bench, Big Ben is the grittiest quarterback out there.

The Steelers are the minus 6 point home favorites this weekend according to Sportsbook.

Also, the Steelers will probably utilize a lot of shotgun snaps and some play fakes, particularly if the running game gets going. If the Steelers get tight end Heath Miller back from injury, he could be a huge factor. The Jets miss starting safety Jim Leonhard, so the middle of the field could be more open than usual.

This game figures to be about the two defenses. Whichever one is better will win the game. The Steelers certainly come in with a better, more consistent offense. Avoiding mistakes is essential. Mike Wallace is likely to be covered by star corner Darrelle Revis, so using all passing options will be important. If the Steelers plan to get Wallace involved, they could have him run a reverse or send him on a few go routes.

The main role of the offense on Sunday will probably be ball control. The more clock Pittsburgh can kill, particularly if they get an early lead, the better opportunity they have to win. Mark Sanchez and company have shown almost no ability to make comebacks, so the offense will be absolutely essential early on. Look for Ben Roethlisberger to only have 20-25 attempts and for increased carries for all three Pittsburgh runners.


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