Week 12 - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts

The 5-5 Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Indianapolis to take on the 5-5 Colts in the third game of the Thanksgiving Day triple-header. Both teams won last week but the Colts suffered a set back in their bid to climb back in playoff contention as Andrew Luck is going through concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in the 4th quarter in their win over the Tennessee Titans. Luck stayed in the game and the Colts held on to win 24-17. If Luck can’t play, Scott Tolzien would be the starter. Tolzien was Aaron Rodgers backup in Green Bay the last 3 years. The Steelers led the entire game in their 24-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak and put them in a tie with the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North.

Luck finished the game 15 of 28 for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He was also sacked twice for a loss of 11 yards. His favorite target was T.Y. Hilton who had 5 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore had a nice game as he caught 4 passes for 70 yards but also led the running game with 50 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, they allowed the Titans to gain 387 yards of offensive and 2 touchdowns. They sacked Marcus Marriota 5 times for a loss of 36 yards. They did a good job against the rush allowing 97 yards on 27 carries, which is an average of 3.5 yards per rush.

Leveon Bell led the Steelers offense with 201 yards. He rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. He also had 8 receptions for 55 yards. Ben Roethlisberger had a decent day completing 23 of 36 passes for 167 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Antonio Brown who had 8 catches for 76 yards. Defensively, they forced 2 turnovers and racked up 8 sacks for a loss of 70 yards. The Steelers have 13 sacks in their last 3 games. They shut the Browns running game down as they only rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries and had 13 tackles for losses. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt led the way with 3 sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses.

The Steelers have gone 5-5 against the spread this season including 2-3 on the road. The Colts have gone 5-4-1 against the spread this season including 2-3-1 as the underdog. The Steelers are 9-point favorites in this game despite being on the road as Luck’s status is still uncertain. If Luck can’t play, backup Scott Tolzien will have to shake off some rust as he threw only 1 pass last year, which was a 4-yard completion. The Colts are only 1 game behind the Houston Texans in the AFC South so the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium will be ready. The Colts second leading tackler Clayton Geathers’s status is also uncertain in this game after suffering a concussion last week.

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