Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm (State Farm Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +2 -- Over/Under: 43.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at State Farm Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost three of their last five road games. Mason Rudolph is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,636 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Rudolph enters this game with 263 career pass attempts under his belt. James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster have combined for 1,102 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Diontae Johnson has 36 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 90.8 yards per contest, and Conner leads the way with 390 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 18.8 points and 317.2 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 86 tackles, T.J. Watt has 12.5 sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick has five interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals look to play spoiler to snap a five-game losing streak. The Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last five home games. Kyler Murray is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,866 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Murray enters this game with 427 career pass attempts. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk have combined for 1,180 receiving yards and six touchdowns while David Johnson has 33 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 114.1 yards per contest, and Murray leads the way with 446 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 29.3 points and 426.3 yards per game. Jordan Hicks leads the Arizona Cardinals with 115 tackles, Chandler Jones has 13 sacks and Patrick Peterson has one interception.
The Steelers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Cardinals are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Steelers last 4 games overall. The under is 23-11 in Cardinals last 34 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Arizona Cardinals are getting some respect here based on how competitive they've been this season and the fact they're facing an inexperienced quarterback. The problem is the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has to be licking its chops when going up against a rookie quarterback in Murray, as they're elite at all three levels and are going to throw a ton of blitz packages he hasn't seen through a handful of games. It may not be the prettiest 60 minutes of football, but the Pittsburgh Steelers should be able to bully their way to a road victory and cover.