Best NFL Prop Bets for 49ers vs. Steelers in NFL Week 1

Mike Tomlin led the Steelers to a 7-2 record to finish the 2022 season, but just missed the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they were putting things together down the stretch last season when they finished 7-2 to get to 9-8. Now, the offense just needs to take a step forward in year 2 with Kenny Pickett and from what we saw in the preseason it is about to take one giant leap for yinzer-kind. 

Pickett was perfect in the preseason, but now he’ll be tested against last year’s best defense in football and with Nick Bosa’s contract dispute over the reigning Defensive Player of the Year will be on the field on Sunday. 

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Best NFL Prop Bets for 49ers vs. Steelers 

  • Diontae Johnson over 4.5 receptions
  • Kenny Pickett over 14.5 rush yards
  • Pat Freiermuth over 35.5 receiving yards

Diontae Johnson over 4.5 receptions

Regardless of all the George Pickens hype, Diontae Johnson is still going to lead the team in targets this season. Pickens is the more dynamic downfield threat, but Johnson will be used constantly to get separation on the outside and avoid 2nd and long or move the sticks on third down. 

Sure, he may drop a ball and will certainly run backwards a time or two, but he’ll rack up the receptions this season after reeling in a team high 86 receptions on 147 targets. 

Kenny Pickett over 14.5 rush yards

Kenny is a mobile guy. He didn’t show it off in the preseason, but he ran for 237 yards on 55 attempts last season with three rushing touchdowns. The 49ers have one of the best pass-rushes in football, so while the Steelers have improved their offensive line and Kenny looked a lot calmer in the pocket this preseason, he’ll still need to scramble a time or two. 

Pat Freiermuth over 35.5 receiving yards

You might be thinking that George Pickens was second in targets in his rookie season, but actually it was Pat Freiermuth who became a real security blanket for young Kenny Pickett. Pickett is older now, but I don’t think he’s ready to get rid of his baby blanket just yet, and Freiermuth will be a reliable target for years to come. 

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