NFL Betting Lines AFC Championship Jets vs Steelers Gambling

January 22nd, 2011 by

jets vs steelersWhen NFL betting odds fans think of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets the passing game isn’t the first thing that pops into their minds. And a quick look at the odds NFL handicappers put together for this weekend’s AFC Championship reveals that the odds makers don’t’ put much stock in the passing game either and as such expect to see a low scoring game.

But if there is any certainty heading into this game between the #2 seeded Steelers (13-4) and the #6 seeded Jets (13-5) it’s that no team has had much success against either team running the ball this post season (or even during the regular season) and the coaching staffs of both these teams are too smart to keep beating a dead horse.

If either team is going to matriculate the ball down the field it’s going to be in the air, not on the ground, and that means that QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez are going to a play in key role in this NFL betting odds matchup. Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 6:35 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Steelers as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 38.5.

This year the Pittsburgh Steelers formed one of the greatest run defenses of all time allowing just 62.8 ypg. To put things in perspective the next best run defense of th3 ’11 season gave up 90.1 ypg (Chicago Bears). As good as the Jets running game is (148.4 ypg) it will not be able to run the ball on the Steelers.

The Jets run defense was also among the best in the league (90.9 ypg, 3rd best in the NFL) and the Steelers running game (120.3 ypg) is hardly unstoppable. The run will not be a factor in this game.

That means the teams will forced to throw the ball more than they’d probably like to. And in a battle of passer Big Ben has a major advantage. In 12 games Ben threw for 3,200 yard 17 TDs and just 5 INTs with a 97.0 passer rating. In 16 games Sanchez threw for 3,274 yards, 23 TDs, 16 INTs and a 75.3 passer rating. Add to that the fact that Roethlisberger’s won 2 Super Bowls and Sanchez is in just his second playoffs and the advantage grows even wider for the Steelers.

The passing game will likely decide this NFL gambling matchup and it would seem Pittsburgh has a decisive edge in this category.

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