Steelers Open As 10-Point Road Favorites Over Colts In Week 10

With their bye week behind them the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently preparing to play the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 10. Not surprisingly, the 6-2 Steelers opened as 10-point road favorites over the 3-6 Colts, according to vegasinsider.com.

The Colts enter Week 10 on a winning note as they were able to outlast the Houston Texans 20-14 on the road Sunday. In that win, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 20 of his 30 total pass attempts against the Texans defense for 308 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Both of Brissett’s scoring tosses in that game went to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who ended the day with five receptions for 175 yards. Tight end Jack Doyle caught eight passes for 63 yards in Sunday’s win and the Colts offense rushed for 61 yards against the Texans.

On the season, Brissett, has completed 61.1% of his pass attempts for 1,950 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also been sacked 32 times in total, however.

Veteran running back Frank Gore leads the Colts in rushing yards with 455 on 127 total carries entering Week 10. Rookie running back Marlon Mack has chipped in 212 yards rushing on 52 total carries. While Hilton leads the Colts in receiving yardage (702) entering Week 10, Doyle leads the team in total receptions (50).

Defensively for the Colts, veteran outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard leads the team in sacks with 4.5 through nine games played. Linebacker Jon Bostic leads the Colts in total tackles entering Week 10 while cornerback Rashaan Melvin leads Indianapolis in total passes defensed with 12.

It’s yet to be seen if the Colts will have the services of veteran cornerback Vontae Davis for their Week 10 game against the Steelers. Davis, who was somewhat surprisingly scratched for the Colts Sunday game against the Texans, is considered week-to-week moving forward. While the Colts claim that Davis’ absence against the Texans wasn’t related to an injury, others speculate that he is having reoccurring issues with a groin injury that sidelined him earlier in the season.

With Davis sidelined Sunday in Houston, Pierre Desir starred in his place and opposite Melvin. The Steelers wide receivers figure to give the Colts secondary fits Sunday in Indianapolis and especially if Davis misses the contest. Additionally, Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is expected to be back in the lineup against the Colts after being benched for the team’s Week 8 road win over the Detroit Lions.

The Steelers figure to be the healthiest they’ve been all season against the Colts as tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and tight end Vance McDonald (knee) all figure to return to action in Week 10 barring any setbacks.

The Steelers have won their last four games against the Colts with their most-recent victory coming just last season in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. In that 28-7 Steelers road win, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 of his 20 total pass attempts for 221 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. All three of his scoring tosses went to wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell chipped in 142 total yards from scrimmage in the win.

The Steelers defense sacked Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien three times in last year’s meeting and intercepted him twice.

Sunday’s game against the Colts will kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST.

  • T R

    oh lord, we favored by 10… let me grab some alcohol

  • Get enough for the rest of the year because there is only one game left on the schedule they won’t be favored.

  • T R

    its favored 7+ or more is what I am afraid of.. and 10 is really scary. lol

  • Applebite

    They better be careful in this one, it smells like a trap, looks like a trap…

  • Stairway7

    That means we’ll win by a last second field goal.

  • Gizmosteel

    Oh boy….[starts chewing on fingernails]

  • PittShawnC

    Brissett has played well at times, they just need so much more than Hilton.
    Jack Doyle and Kamar Aiken ain’t gonna cut it.

  • DirtDawg1964

    oh Lord no!

    I’m booking an appointment with my psychiatrist for next week just to be on the safe side.

  • ThatGuy

    The last time we were this heavily favored on the road the Bears hung 200+ rushing yards on us and we lost.

  • CP72

    I’m going be there…..surely the football gods wouldn’t punish me like that.

  • hdogg48

    Indy is like KC. No matter how good or bad they
    are we usually match up well with them on both
    sides of the ball and come out with a W.

    Coming off a bye week and relatively healthy there
    is no reason we can’t beat them by double digits

    As far as Jacksonville…their defense is for real, and
    no one wants to play them. They remind me a little
    of the 2000 Ratbirds with Bortles as their Trent Dilfer.

    No one wants to play them right now, and I look at them
    as more of a threat than the Pats. Marone benching Fournette
    shows that he is a no nonsense coach.

    Sure Ben s hit the bed against them, but he’s not the only
    one. They are physical and will beat you up.

  • Rocksolid20

    And on the road at that !

  • Michael Mosgrove

    I said the same thing when I went to the steelers cowgirls game last year.

  • Ray Istenes

    Tough call. Our offense is averaging about 22 a game and our defense gives up about 14-15. That is a tough one to bet the house.

    The offense has to show me they can put the hammer down and get it done. I would not touch the line.

  • pittfan

    10 is a lot for a road team.
    The Rams only gave 6 to Gints. (That was an ea$$$y pick)
    I’ll see if the line doesn’t close a bit as the week goes on.

  • GravityWon

    We’ve seen it too many times. Yet most of the media covering the Steelers are already chalking this up as a win.

  • GravityWon

    Steelers have played down to bad competition in recent years and have lost the last 3 years coming off bye weeks.

    Above are 2 reasons for a little concern.

  • Angel V

    Can someone say “trap game”? (Sorry, Dave)

  • Chad Weiss

    It’s pretty telling this fan base fears losing teams a lot more than winning teams excluding mass hole and that’s well justified