The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-9 in Cleveland against the Browns last weekend to snap a 4-game winning streak and to pull into a tie in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens. The Indianapolis Colts beat the visiting Tennessee Titans 24-17 at home last weekend, to pull within 1 game of the Houston Texans in the AFC South. The Colts will be without Andrew Luck in this game as he suffered a concussion last weekend. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts are likely going to be more balanced than usual in this football game. I look for Frank Gore to have his heaviest workload of the year, both running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield. I also look for backup RB Robert Turbin to have more of a role for the Colts offensively tomorrow night. The Steelers have not rushed the passer too well this year until last weekend against the woeful Cleveland Browns’ offensive line. The Colts have given up 35 sacks so far this year, so they will likely have new QB Scott Tolzien throwing shorter passes and letting his WRs and TEs get yards after the catch. WRs T.Y. Hilton, Sidney Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett can all turn short passes into long ones with their deep speed. The Colts will also use TEs Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen and Erik Swoope to attack the middle of the field in the passing game.
When the Steelers have the ball: The Steelers will likely have the same game plan as they did last weekend against the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger has not played well on the road so far this year, so look for RB Le’Veon Bell to do the heavy lifting offensively for the Steelers tomorrow night both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield. The Colts only have 3 interceptions this year, so look for Roethlisberger to feel brave and try to get the ball into tight windows to Antonio Brown. Look for him to also get WR Eli Rogers and TEs Jesse James and Lardarius Green involved in the passing game early and often tomorrow night.
PREDICTION: STEELERS 27, COLTS 17