Each week, the Steelers Now staff is picking each NFL game.
Alan Saunders: 81-37
Parker Hurley: 73-45
Mike Asti: 73-45
Ron Lippock: 72-46
Mike Asti: 13-2
Parker Hurley: 11-4
Ron Lippock: 13-2
Alan Saunders: 13-2
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Saunders: 49ers, but not to cover, and beware Thursday night weirdness here.
Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars in London
Saunders: Jaguars, I guess? Texans are a talented team, but have led me astray many times this year.
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
Asti: Eagles. The Bears were even lucky to beat the Chargers and Philadelphia has found their stride enough for this game.
Saunders: Eagles, even if their offense might struggle.
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
Asti: Steelers. This is a pretty even matchup. Both teams have been starting a backup quarterback and are ranked near each other in most categories. It took Rudolph and the Steelers a half to get going against Miami, which can be a reason for concern, but it’s also possible they finally figured out how to utilize Rudolph and this offense, especially with Johnson seeming to fill that number two receiver option that has been a big issue most of the season. Steelers 26, Colts 20.
Hurley: Steelers. The Colts have a good offense and good defense but the Steelers have a potentially great defense. Against a great OC and a backup QB we will finally get to see just how special this defense can be. As the offense settles in with Mason Rudolph if they can take care of the ball, they can put the game in the hands of their defense who could show up in a big way once again at home. Steelers 20, Colts 17.
Lippock: Steelers. Talk about two evenly matched teams. Both rank near each other in offense and defense – almost carbon copies – and both playing with backup quarterbacks.
The biggest differences are home field advantage for the Steelers and the fact the Steelers are much better at forcing turnovers. Om the backs of those two facts, I give this one to the Steelers, 23-20.
Saunders: Steelers. I think the Steelers have been fine, but I’m really basing this pick on my feelings about the Colts, which have an entirely unimpressive collection of skill players. Turnovers will be the key in this one. Colts have been stingy, but won’t be able to handle the Pittsburgh pressure off the edge. Pittsburgh, 28-20.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Asti: Jets. I can’t pick the Dolphins and if the Jets don’t win this they may not win another game.
Saunders: Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick is clearly the better quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs
Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers
Saunders: Panthers, I guess?
Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills
Saunders: Bills are undefeated when playing teams that barely belong in the NFL, something they’ve done a ton this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks
Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders
Asti: Lions. The Lions start their emergence.
Saunders: Lions, though I’d feel better if this were in Detroit.
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
Asti: Browns. While Baker Mayfield and the Browns are falling apart, they just have to beat Denver.
Saunders: Broncos. I think things have totally gone off the rails in Cleveland.
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
Lippock: Patriots, 30-20
Saunders: Ravens, because Lamar Jackson really is that dude, and I’m not going to pick the Pats every week.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Saunders: Cowboys, but this would this would be a classic Cowboys game to lose and keep the division close.