Pittsburgh Steelers vs Atlanta Falcons Preview (12/4/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 of the 2022-23 NFL Season. The Steelers are coming off a game on Monday Night Football against the Colts, while the Falcons are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Commanders. This should be an interesting matchup. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds

The Atlanta Falcons are 1.5-point home favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers and are at -125 on the money line. The over/under is also at 42. This spread makes sense because the Falcons have lost a few games recently and the Steelers can be a frisky team. The over/under makes sense because these offenses are okay and the defenses are alright too so it seems about average. This spread could go up a little bit because it’s so low right now too so it’s something to keep an eye on.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction

The pick: Falcons -1.5

The Falcons are still in the NFC Playoff picture and need a win here to stay alive. The key is that the Falcons need to do more on offense. They average 23 points and 331 total yards on the year. Marcus Mariota has been good, but he needs to do more, especially with how good the Atlanta run game is. Cordarrelle Patterson is also such a great offensive and special teams weapon to have for the Falcons too. Atlanta’s defense is their biggest issue, especially through the air, but the Steelers might not be the team to take advantage. The Steelers have been having a rough year this year, but they do have some promising elements to their team. The offense has a lot to like with Kenny Pickett and George Pickens in the passing game and then Najee Harris in the run game. They average 17 points and 331 total yards a game. The defense has struggled, and mainly through the air. This has a lot potential to be a very fun game too watch because each team has an okay offense, but a bad defense. The Falcons are the slightly better play here, with the game being at home, but it’s going to hurt them not having Kyle Pitts to utilize in the passing game.

Betting Trends

Steelers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.

Falcons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Key Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries: RB Jaylen Warren (Hamstring) O, WR Miles Boykin (Oblique) Q

Atlanta Falcons Injuries: TE Kyle Pitts (Knee) O, DL Ta’Quon Graham (Knee) O

Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Pittsburgh Steelers vs Atlanta Falcons below.

Cordarrelle Patterson vs the Steelers Front Seven

Cordarrelle Patterson was injured for a little bit this year, but he’s been great when he’s been healthy. He has 97 carries, 506 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns on the year. He’s such a weapon for Atlanta and is used all over the place for them. The Steelers allow 103 rushing yards a game which will be a tough matchup for Patterson here. Patterson needs to get his fair share of touches in this game for the Falcons to have a chance here and potentially run away with the game. Good things happen for the Falcons when they get the ball to Patterson.

Kenny Pickett vs the Falcons Secondary

Kenny Pickett has been okay at best for the Steelers this year since he’s gone into the starting role. He has 1,426 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, eight interceptions, and he has a 65% completion percentage on the year. He’s still young, but he needs to clean up the turnovers in order for the Steelers to take that next step with him. The Falcons allow 393 passing yards a game, which is a very good matchup for Pickett. Pickett needs to take advantage of this defense in order for the Steelers to have a chance against the Falcons at all. He’s definitely the key for them here.

Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart

QB: Kenny Pickett
RB1: Najee Harris
RB2: Benny Snell Jr.
LWR: Diontae Johnson
RWR: George Pickens
SWR: Steven Sims
TE1: Pat Freiermuth

Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Marcus Mariota
RB1: Cordarelle Patterson
RB2: Tyler Allgeier
LWR: Damiere Byrd
RWR: Drake London
SWR: Olamide Zaccheaus
TE1: Parker Hesse

Jake Faigus, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He also has written for the student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for Solid Verbal as well.

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