5 Reasons The Steelers Will Beat The Colts In Week 13

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday night at Heinz Field with both teams needing a win to stay above .500. This game will feature two very experienced quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Hasselbeck, who is 4-0 this season as a starter. The Steelers should win this Sunday night home game and they very well could win it big. Here are five reasons why.

Colts Pieced Together Line – Its already been determined that left tackle Anthony Castonzo and right guard Hugh Thornton will both miss Sunday night’s game due to injuries. That means Joe Reitz and Lance Louis will start in their respective places. Additionally, because Reitz normally plays at right tackle, rookie Denzelle Good will need to start in his place. All of this sets up well for Steelers left defensive Stephon Tuitt, who already has 4.5 sacks on the season despite missing a few games with a sprained knee. Additionally, rookie outside linebacker Bud Dupree and veteran Arthur Moats should both get several cracks at Good Sunday night. Being as the veteran Hasselbeck isn’t the most mobile of quarterbacks at 40 years of age, the Steelers defensive front should have several opportunities at sacks in addition to forcing poor decisions which in turn could produce a few turnovers.

Explosives Allowed – The Colts defense has already given up 47 pass plays of 20 yards or more so far this season and that ties them for last in the league in that stat with the New Orleans Saints. The Steelers offense, on the other hand, has already registered 42 explosive passing plays so far this season and that’s even with Roethlisberger missing four games. While Colts cornerback Vontae Davis does have an impressive resume and tape to match, nobody is going to confuse him with Richard Sherman. Additionally, he’s not expected to follow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown around Sunday night, so that will result in some great matchups for the offense.

Bradshaw Loss – The Colts lost running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the remainder of the season last weekend to an injury and while it might not seem like a big deal on the surface because of him being a backup, his role in the Colts offense was starting to increase over the course of the last few games. Reliable all-around running backs are hard to find and Bradshaw certainly was one. His loss could result in the Colts having to overuse veteran running back Frank Gore Sunday night and his yard per carry average has been slipping every week since Week 6 of the season.

No Freeman – The Colts also have another significant injury heading into Sunday night’s game as inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman will miss the game due to a hamstring injury. Freeman has easily been the Colts best defensive player so far this season and his 82 total tackles are second-most on the team heading into Week 13. With freeman sidelined, Nate Irving is likely to start in his place and he’s only played 66 defensive snaps all season. Look for the Steelers to run right at Irving in this game.

30 Or Bust – The Steelers offense is really hitting its stride as of late and they have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three games. Being as the Colts have only scored more than 30 points just once so far this season, the Steelers should be able to come away with the home win if they’re able to hit the big 3-0 a fourth time in a row. In reality, this game could quite possibly be over at halftime if the Steelers can get off to a quick start.

  • David Paul

    Honestly, this should be a blowout. If the Colts win or keep it close, it does not bode well for the Steelers regarding a long playoff run. This is a soft Colts team on the road with a 40-year old backup QB.

    Steelers 38 Colts 13

  • Carlos

    This onebcould be a confidence builder … or the sum of all fears. I’m going for the first.

  • Doug

    Lol a win is a win, no matter if they win by 4 or 40.

  • LHW

    6. Tomlin will get a flat tire on the way to the game.

  • VaDave

    That may be a plus… Just kidding guys…
    Seriously, the reason we will win this game, is because if we don’t, you can kiss this season good bye.

  • Nolrog

    We should have blown out Seattle too. Steelers have a long history of losing to teams they should blow out.

  • James

    The colts should be easy. Steelers have to beat good teams, if we want to win playoff games

  • James

    Let’s see if our defensive backs can show some significant improvement.

  • Zarbor

    Exactly. No way we should have lost to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Seattle. One more loss and its just about over for the season. 10-6 might get you in but tie breakers are not our friends.

  • Nolrog

    The tie breakers are going to kill us, I totally agree.

  • David Paul

    Huh? Blow out the defending NFC champs in their back yard? I don’t think anyone thought that.

    The Colts, on the other hand, can’t run, pass, or stop either. Other than that, they’re rock solid.

  • David Paul

    Steelers need to win at least one of Cincy or Denver, preferably both of course. They’re going to face one of the two if they get the 6th seed.

  • Shawn S.

    One reason they will lose: they lose games they should win.

  • Jimbo

    five reasons they should win. But they have a tradition of not exploiting weak areas on vulnerable teams.
    I do believe this team would be better off with an upgrade to the head coaching position. Someone who has knowledge of the rules and clock management. I read Ed Bouchette’s chat and he said “Tomlin has no input on plays”
    Haley and Butler are doing decent jobs. Tomlin is the weak link as evidenced by his body of work that is on film. Its hard to believe he was a good secondary coach at one time. the weak link is secondary..

  • Jones

    Cincy’s playing really good ball this year, & Seattle is no push-over (outside of their O line). I don’t know where you yinzers get this stuff about, “stillers shouda blow’d out the best of the AFC North & the NFC champs on the road cause they’re the stillers (ps fire Mike Tomlin)”… This is the NFL.

  • coolriff

    I agree. Well put Jimbo..

  • William Weaver

    Agree. If we can’t just “handle” these guys, we aren’t what we need to be to challenge for a birth to the Super Bowl. We might lose or barely win this and still squeak into playoffs but that will be it. Early exit awaits. A quality team throttles this team.

  • copanut

    A voice of sanity.

  • Zarbor

    You obviously didn’t watch games. Who in the world said anything about blow out or fire Tomlin. This team clearly shouldn’t be 6-5 in the AFC fighting to staying alive in the playoffs. That’s the point yinzer

  • Citizen James

    One down, one to go – tomorrow we should know. Go Steelers