Steelers and Saints top Week 8 NFL betting

By: Sports Interaction | Friday, October 29, 2010
Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben gets his biggest test since returning from suspension when the Steelers take on the Saints in Sunday Night Football.

Pittsburgh’s offense has moved up a gear in the two weeks since Ben Roethlisberger returned. The Steelers are averaging only 300.7 yards of total offense per game for the season but Big Ben passed for 302 yards on his second game back from suspension to lead a fired-up Steelers team past the Dolphins last week.

Despite New Orleans' electrifying passing game, Roethlisberger might not need a repeat performance to overcome the Saints on Sunday night.

The Steelers defense will have little trouble stuffing New Orleans’ ineffective running game. Short-passing routes will also prove dangerous for Drew Brees against Pittsburgh, which will force the Saints’ quarterback to try and air it out. This will increase the risk of turnovers and that should stunt the home team’s offense considerably.

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The Patriots escaped San Diego with a win despite failing on a risky fourth-down conversion late in the game last week. I don’t expect them to be quite so fortunate on Sunday against Minnesota.

The Vikings are playing what looks like their second elimination game in three weeks. A loss here and making the playoffs will be near impossible, effectively ending Brett Favre’s career on a whimper. Somehow I just can’t see that happening, not this week.

Injury or no injury, Favre won’t need to be mobile to pick apart a poor Patriots defense this Sunday. I expect him to take the field with heavy strapping and lead Minnesota to a crucial road win. Bet on the Minnesota Vikings and win big with Sports Interaction Houston Texans and win big with Sports Interaction.

Monday Night Football sees a rematch from the opening week of the season. The Colts are hungry for revenge against the upstart Texans. Indianapolis is minus 5½-point at home.

I like the underdog in this game as Houston have the game required to beat the Colts. Matt Schaub’s arm and Arian Foster’s legs provide the perfect combination against this Indianapolis defense. The Texans have endured their own struggles on defense but with Peyton Manning having limited options in the passing game, the Colts may not have the firepower capitalize on Houston’s weaknesses. I like the Texans to complete a rare season-sweep of the Colts on Monday; bet on the Houston Texans and win big with Sports Interaction.

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