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AFC North Bet – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins

Posted by Brett Nielson on 10/20/2010 2:50:15 PM

Miami was fortunate to squeeze out a 23-20 win in overtime versus Green Bay last week. Don’t expect them to be as lucky this North Bet Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(4-1) Pittsburgh Steelers at (3-2) Miami Dolphins
Live from Sun Life Stadium – FL
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST Sunday, October 24, 2010
Broadcast: CBS

NorthBet NFL Game Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -3
Miami Dolphins +3
Total 40

Pittsburgh’s defense is looking very similar to their dominant 2008 unit.

The Steelers have completely shut down opposing offenses in every game this year, as the most points they have given up was 17 against Baltimore. The Steel Curtain has surrendered an average of just 12 points a game, first overall in the NFL.

The reason Miami won versus the Packers last North Bet week was mainly because they were able to successfully establish their ground game early.

The Dolphins ran the ball a season-high 39 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Miami’s running back duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 137 rushing yards. By doing so, Green Bay was forced to pay more attention to Miami’s ground game, allowing single coverage for Dolphin receivers.

Miami wide out Brandon Marshall took complete advantage, amassing 10 catches for 127 receiving yards in the overtime win.

However, Miami’s game plan will not be as effective against the NFL’s most stout run defense.

The Steelers rank first overall against the run, allowing less than 65 rushing yards per game this North Bet season. They have also given up only 2 rushing touchdowns all season (fourth in the league).

The big story on the other side of the field is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who will be playing his second game of the season.

Last week, Roethlisberger utilized all of his weapons, connecting on three touchdowns to three different receivers and totaling 257 passing yards.

He faces another easy matchup this North Bet Sunday against a Miami defensive unit that just demonstrated its biggest weakness a week ago versus the Packers.

The Dolphins let Aaron Rodgers (recovering from a concussion) throw for 313 passing yards, including an 86-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings.

Seeing as how Miami doesn’t have enough strength or men on defense to contain running back Rashard Mendenhall as well as Pittsburgh’s multiple wide outs, watch Roethlisberger tear apart Miami’s defense.

Messina Mention: The Steelers are 2-0 in away games while Miami is 0-2 when playing at home.

NFL AFC North Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers (-3).

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