San Francisco vs. Pittsburgh Preview

The San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Heinz Field.

San Francisco at Pittsburgh
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX.
LINE: Steelers -5.5. O/U: 45
PREDICTION: Steelers 31, 49ers 17
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Oddsmakers currently have the Steelers listed as 6½-point favorites versus the 49ers, while the game’s total is sitting at 45.

Despite missing receiver Martavis Bryant (suspension) and Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (lower leg injury), Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards and found Brown for an 11-yard touchdown in the waning moments of the season-opening loss. Although Brown has collected at least five receptions for 50 yards in an NFL-record 33 consecutive games (34 including playoffs), he wasn’t too pleased with the team’s inability to convert in the red zone. “Numbers are great, but it’s all about winning,” Brown said.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 28-21 loser on the road against the Patriots. They earned a push of the +7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (49) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Team record: 0-1 SU,0-0-1 ATS
Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Tomsula was particularly thrilled with what he saw from Colin Kaepernick, although the quarterback’s statistics (165 yards passing, 41 rushing) don’t exactly jump off the page. “I don’t think we had something that was broke,” Tomsula said of the 27-year-old Kaepernick. “He’s a very talented athlete. He’s a very talented quarterback. He’s got a skill set, we just want to utilize his skill set.” Vernon Davis, who reeled in three receptions for 47 yards, will look to exploit a Pittsburgh defense that was gashed for three touchdowns by fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots.

San Francisco won its last outing, a 20-3 result against the Vikings on September 14. The 49ers covered in that game as a +3-point underdog, while the 23 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
San Francisco is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 8 games
San Francisco is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road

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