Football betting fans saw Denver become the most surprising team in the league as they won their first 6 games with the football odds before getting blown out last week. The Broncos are coming off a 7-30 football betting loss at Baltimore as 4.5-point dogs with the football odds.
Denver had tremendous momentum entering their bye week and their football betting loss that followed may be a sign that the bye week came at the worst possible time as it perhaps snapped their rhythm. Denver now has a football betting record of 6-1 both straight up and against the spread.
The Broncos offense ranks only 20th in football betting for points scored as Denver has been carried to success with the football odds due in large part to their defense, which ranks 2nd in football betting for points permitted.
The defending world champion Pittsburgh Steelers have a football betting record of 5-2 straight up and 2-5 against the spread. The Men of Steel are coming off their bye week that followed a 27-17 football betting payout win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pittsburgh ranks 14th in football betting for points scored and 7th for points allowed.
An interesting football betting matchup in this game will be the strong Denver ground attack going up against the Steel Curtain defense, which is ranked number one in the league against the run.
Denver backs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter will have a tough time keeping the heat off of quarterback Kyle Orton, who may be forced to throw more than usual if Denver is unable to dent the Pittsburgh line. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has picked up where he left off last playoff season with a stellar start for 2009.
Big Ben has a 70% completion rate, 2062 yards, 11 touchdown passes and just 6 interceptions. The Steelers have dropped 5 consecutive games against the spread on the road while Denver has gotten the cash in just 3 out of their last 11 home games. The Steelers and Broncos have gone over the total in 5 out of their last 7 matchups at Denver.