The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Here are the best bets you can make for this Week 6 matchup.
This is a huge game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a dismal 1-4 start, Mike Tomlin knows what it would mean for his team to fall to 1-5 on the season. Unfortunately, many believe this is destined to happen on Sunday afternoon. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heavy favorites for a reason.
The Steelers didn’t show many signs of life last week as they were annihilated by the Buffalo Bills. Whether you believe Kenny Pickett will be able to overcome a talent deficiency on the roster and do enough to win this game or not, there are still some bets worth taking this week. Here are the Steelers vs Buccaneers best bets for Week 6:
Best Steelers Bets Week 6
Buccaneers spread -8.5 (-110)
It’s easy to take the Buccaneers at the moneyline this week but their payout (-390) isn’t very good. Sadly, we feel confident enough that Tampa Bay will cover the 8.5-point spread this week. This is just another brutal matchup for Pittsburgh. They will face a top-tier defense and a pass rush that can really get after the quarterback and defensive backs who can make plays on the ball.
This won’t be the blowout loss we saw last week, but it should be at least a two-score game when the seconds tick off the clock. We like the Buccaneers spread at -110 odds, via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Kenny Pickett OVER 22.5 completions (-110)
If this were Mitch Trubisky, perhaps getting to 23 completions would be an issue. But even against a very talented pass defense that leads the league in DVOA rating, we believe Kenny Pickett shouldn’t have a problem topping 22.5 completions this week. The Steelers were forced to pass the ball 52 times last week against the Bills, and Pickett completed 34 passes. If they trail early on Sunday (which is very possible), Pittsburgh will be forced to play come-from-behind football. Accuracy has not been a big issue with Pickett and we like him to clear this number at -110 odds.
George Pickens OVER 46.5 receiving yards (-120)
Based on what we’ve seen over the past two weeks, there’s little reason to think that George Pickens shouldn’t be able to stack up 47 receiving yards in a hurry. Against the Bills, the 21-year-old receiver caught 6 of 8 targets for 83 yards. In the previous game against the Jets, he went off for 6 catches and 102 yards on 8 targets. The Pickett-to-Pickens combination is heating up, and even against some stout cornerbacks, we believe he will easily surpass this receiving prop this week.