Pitts­burgh over HOUS­TON by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

If we were to write a book ti­tled , we’d surely ref­er­ence last week’s to­tal choke job by the Steel­ers com­ing down the stretch against the Pa­tri­ots. Not even Dr. Heim­lich him­self could have saved them. As a re­sult, Pitts­burgh is now the No. 2 seed in the AFC play­off race. Worse, they are now with­out both their best of­fen­sive (WR An­to­nio Brown) and de­fen­sive play­ers (LB Ryan Shazier). To see them get back up off the mat for this con­test would be like watch­ing Joe Fra­zier clear the cob­webs af­ter be­ing floored by Muham­mad Ali. It’s just not gonna hap­pen, folks. For open­ers, Pitts­burgh is 3-7 ATS as a road fa­vorite on Mon­day nights, in­clud­ing 0-4 ATS dur­ing the sec­ond­half of the sea­son. They are also 4-14 SU and 4-12-2 ATS in road fi­nales when fac­ing foes com­ing off a SUATS loss, in­clud­ing 0-4 SUATS when fac­ing a sub .333 op­po­nent. Not to men­tion 1-8 ATS as road fa­vorites of 8 or more points ver­sus sub .500 non-di­vi­sion foes! Ugh. As dis­ap­point­ing as they have been this sea­son, Hous­ton is still 3-1 SUATS with a win per­cent­age of .400 or less when play­ing on Mon­days. Re­mem­ber, Pitts­burgh was -1 in this game at Can­tor Gam­ing in Ve­gas prior to the start of the sea­son. Take the points in this value-laden propo­si­tion against a wounded road fa­vorite.

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