Pick 5: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore and Houston vs. Tennessee

Pick 5: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore and Houston vs. Tennessee

The Teaser: Pair Pittsburgh and Houston

Game 1: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore

The Initial Line:

Pittsburgh -11.5 away vs. Baltimore

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Pittsburgh’s line

The Final Line:

Pittsburgh -3

The Breakdown:

Pittsburgh got the come-from-behind victory, as they defeated Denver at home 34-27. Baltimore continues to fall, as they were crushed at home by Kansas City 34-14. In the past this would be a showcase game, as the two are usually competitive division rivals. Currently the game looks a little different, as Pittsburgh is riding a 3 game win streak and primed for the playoffs while Baltimore is 4-10 with a lot of injuries to key personnel. What Pittsburgh offense is doing is pretty incredible, and it all starts with Roethlisberger and Brown. Brown has put up 394 yds with 4 TDs in their current win streak, and Big Ben threw for over 900 yds and 7 TDs despite playing Indy, Cin, and Den. Pittsburgh has battled through injuries to now be primed for a playoff run, and as long as they have those 2 leading the charge they will go far. Baltimore lost Flacco, Forsett, Suggs, and many other key players over the year. Clausen is trying his best to fill in, but can only be expected to do so much. The year is over for Baltimore, and it’s just starting for Pittsburgh. Look for them to extend their win streak with a convincing win here.

Final Stat: Pittsburgh has the 2nd most offensive yards despite missing Big Ben for 4 games this year.

Game 2: Houston vs. Tennessee

The Initial Line:

Houston -4 away vs. Tennessee

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Houston’s line

The Final Line:

Houston +4.5

The Breakdown:

Houston won the divisional battle to claim 1st place in the AFC North, as they went on the road to beat Indy 16-10. Tennessee was manhandled by New England, as they fell on the road 33-16. Houston is now in the driver’s seat for the AFC North crown after their latest win. Tennessee saw their starting rookie QB Marcus Mariota go down with an injury this week, which will hurt their already mediocre offensive production. Houston has found a balance on offense and defense the past few weeks which has helped them crawl back into the playoff picture. Their defense has been strong, being led by arguably the best defensive player in the NFL in JJ Watt (2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks). Tennessee has nothing to play for in 2015, but has a lot to build on for next season. Houston needs this game to lock down a playoff position, so expect them to come out strong this weekend. Getting them with 4 insurance points seems like a no-brainer.

Final Stat: Houston ranks 4th in the NFL in yards allowed behind Denver, Seattle, and Carolina.

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