The Steelers have created some mixed results from experts for their upcoming game against the Falcons.
Are the Steelers a good football team this year? The short answer is no as they have not been able to overcome some of these playoff caliber opponents that they have faced in the first half of their schedule. The second half of their campaign seems to present winnable games for the black and gold and that could make their record respectable when it’s all said and done.
With the kind of poor play that Pittsburgh has displayed over the year, many experts have gone against them in weekly predictions. They bring up valid points against this team that is still trying to add talent to their club before shooting for contender status. The Falcons are the opponent this week and it looks like things could be in the road team’s favor.
Sporting news has the Steelers overcoming the odds to win
A reliable source for this series has been Sporting News as they provide insightful predictions for each NFL game. They have been right with most of their picks up to this point and hope to keep things going here. Pittsburgh has been a tough spot for predictors each week as you rarely know which team is going to show up.
Prediction: Steelers 25, Falcons 18
Vegas might have Atlanta as favorites at home, but this site believes that the Steelers should have a good shot at winning this contest. It is a short week for the road club, but they have been playing better lately than their opponent has. Both clubs enter this game with two different trajectories on their season which should favor Pittsburgh.
Bleacher Report also has a majority in favor of the Steelers winning
Bleacher Report always brings some interesting predictions into the fold with how they do their articles. They have a roundtable of their experts giving their thoughts on the game and providing individual picks. That is then culminated together with a final score and consensus selection, which provides a total of eight picks.
Prediction: Steelers 23, Falcons 20
The outcome will be determined by if the black and gold’s defense can stop the Falcons from effectively running the football. If that happens, then this likely will not be a close game as Atlanta has struggled in the passing department. Kenny Pickett has been playing better and he should continue that against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.
Pro Football Talk has a consensus pick of the away team winning
Pro Football Talk is comprised of two experts which are Mike Florio and MDS. They are a well trusted duo when it comes to football, and they give their opinion on their picks each week. Both have Pittsburgh in their sights to getting out of the stadium with their second win in a row.
Prediction: MDS pick: Steelers 24, Falcons 21, and Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Falcons 20
MDS gave his opinion about how Pickett has done better over the last several weeks and should be able to continue that trend against Atlanta. He chose a nail-biter of a matchup, while Florio had a slightly higher scoring affair. Florio believes that the Steelers should be able to have a successful second half of their season but miss the playoffs in the end.
Steelers should be able to take care of business on Sunday
Many have this score staying close, and that is for good reason. Both clubs are not great teams, but they have found ways of staying in games. If the Steelers can stop the Falcons rushing attack, then this could turn the game toward what happened last week against the Colts.
Prediction: Steelers 26, Falcons 21
The Falcons defense is just terrible and that should give Pickett and his young offense another game to grow confidence. The defense of the black and gold should be able to stop the run and cause Marcus Mariota to throw an interception or two. The score will be close toward the end of the game because Pickett and company fail to cash in when they get to the red zone.
The Steelers should be able to handle business against an Atlanta team that has started falling off recently. Whichever team is able to handle the run game better will be the one that wins this contest.