Pick 2: St. Louis vs. San Francisco and Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland

Pick 2: St. Louis vs. San Francisco and Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland

The Teaser: Pair St. Louis and Pittsburgh

Game 1: St. Louis vs. San Francisco

The Initial Line:

St. Louis -3 away vs. San Francisco

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to St. Louis’s line

The Final Line:

St. Louis +4.5

The Breakdown:

St. Louis got a big upset win this past weekend, going on the road to defeat Seattle 23-17. San Francisco’s struggles continue, as they fell on the road to Detroit 32-17. Both of these teams are out of playoff contention, but St. Louis is trying to reach the .500 mark and win 4 in a row to end the year. San Francisco is just trying to get through this season, as nothing has really gone well for them. Despite a 20-3 win to open the season, SF has failed to beat anybody by more than 6 pts. Their offense has been atrocious, and St. Louis’ defense should be able to jump all over them. They also rank 28th in rush yards allowed, which should bode well for Todd Gurley as he continues his impressive rookie campaign sitting at over 1,100 rush yards on the season. Riding momentum, expect STL to come out firing even on the road and most likely come out with the victory. SF could pull an upset, but it’ll be by a last minute FG if that happens so grab STL at +4.5 here.

Final Stat: STL is tied for 7th in sacks, while SF is allowing the most sacks in the NFL.

Game 2: Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland

The Initial Line:

Pittsburgh -10 away vs. Cleveland

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Pittsburgh’s line

The Final Line:

Pittsburgh -2.5

The Breakdown:

Pittsburgh suffered a devastating upset on Sunday, as they fell their rival Baltimore 20-17. Cleveland almost pulled the upset vs KC but couldn’t finish, as they fell on the road 17-13. Pittsburgh is now outside looking in at the #6 seed, as New York overtook them in the AFC. They need to win this weekend and have New York lose in order to make the playoffs. Pittsburgh had scored 30+ points in 6 straight games before the Baltimore loss, which was a franchise record. Big Ben had a rare off day with no TDs and 2 INTs, but don’t expect that trend to continue. The combination of him and Antonio Brown has been lethal this season, as Brown has 1,647 receiving yard entering the last week. Expect Pittsburgh to come out with their A-game with a playoff spot on the line, take them to win by at least a FG here.

Final Stat: Pittsburgh ranks 4th in PPG (26.3), while Cleveland ranks 29th in point allowed/game (26.9).

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