2002 Season NFL Football Past Picks
October 21, 2002
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Monday 10/21 09:00 PM Eastern
4 units on Indianapolis +4.5 (-110) (risk 4 to return 7.64) RESULT: LOSS
Are the Steelers back after a 34-7 trouncing of the Bengals last week? Don't count on it. Cincinnati is just THAT bad as evidenced by their best player, Corey Dillon, threatening to retire at the end of the year if things don't change. The lines-makers and the public are overreacting to a big win and giving Pittsburgh more credit than they deserve. My guess is that a lot of people saw last week's easy win as confirmation that Jerome Bettis and Company really are as good as they thought at the beginning of the season. I don't think so.
Tommy Maddox is not an NFL starting quarterback. Not only is he a backup, but he is a has-been backup. The "vaunted" Steeler defense isn't much better, ranked in the bottom third of the league in points and passing yards allowed.
On the other side, we have Peyton Manning who leads a very respectable passing attack (8th best in the league) and a defense ranked 10th in the league in scoring. The Colts' only loss came to a tough Miami team in week 2.
Finally, Monday night teams coming off big road victories have lost 3 out of 4 games over the last ten years. I'm calling for yet another Monday Night upset.
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