First Call: Steelers early favorites over Seattle; Bill Cowher’s TV message to Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Canada
Monday’s “First Call” gives us the early odds for the Steelers and Seahawks. Ex-Steelers trainer Bill Cowher comments on Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Canada. A strange twist on the Browns Chargers game. And Antonio Brown must have something else in the tank.
During Sunday’s CBS pregame show, former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher had a passionate message for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
As for Canada, Cowher was essentially saying that Roethlisberger should do the kind of offense he wants to do. Cowher preached to Roethlisberger patience and not to give up the fight in what was probably his last year as quarterback for the Steelers.
Coach Cowher heats me up with this message to Matt Canada and Ben! #HereWeGo #Steelers pic.twitter.com/AnRbo2JD9w
– Chad Tyson (@chadtyson) October 10, 2021
I bet Roethlisberger and Canada didn’t see what Cowher said before the game. And honestly, probably still not at this point. But much of what Cowher said caught on as the Steelers offensive seemed much more in sync on Sunday during a 27:19 win over Denver, hitting season highs of 391 yards and 27 points.
Roethlisberger’s 15 completions were actually a season low. But he only had to throw 25 times. Roethlisberger’s 10.1 yards per attempt and his passport rating of 120.9 were the best of the season. He wasn’t intercepted either – although Denver had some chances – and was only released once.
Sell on the Seahawks
It seems like the gambling crowd doesn’t have a lot of faith in the Steelers’ next opponent.
The Seattle Seahawks come to Heinz Field on Sunday evening with a 2-3 record. You will arrive without starting Russell Wilson quarterback. In a loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday evening, he broke a finger on his throwing hand. That means Geno Smith will be the quarterback.
But defense of the Seahawks is also a problem in Seattle. Her allowed 450.8 yards per game is the worst in the NFL. With 145.2 rush yards per allowed game, Seattle ranks 30th in this category. You are also 30. Stopping the pass at the 305.6 yards allowed per competition. Her average point value of 25.2 is 23rd
Combine that information with the Steelers, who look a lot better in the first three quarters of their win over the Broncos, and the early betting lines lean towards the home team. The Steelers are four-point favorites, according to BetOnline.ag.
The total over-under score is 43. The Steelers and Broncos topped the total of 39.5 in. clear Game on Sunday (27-19). It was the first time a Steelers game had beaten the ending this season.
TB to AB
Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a great day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Miami Dolphins.
He had seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
: #MIAvsTB on CBS pic.twitter.com/YGz3FCgs6e
– Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 10, 2021
Brown passed the 900-catch career plateau on the way. He is the fastest to have reached this mark in NFL history (143 games). Marvin Harrison had set the previous record with 149 games.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdowns to call 411 yards. It was the first time in his career that he surpassed 400 yards en route to a game with five touchdowns. Tampa Bay defeated the Dolphins 45-17.
Another former Steeler pass catcher, Emmanuel Sanders, had two receptions for the Buffalo Bills as they cuddled the Kansas City Chiefs 38-20
Am I correct?:
There was an odd twist in the Los Angeles Chargers’ 47-42 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns won 42-41 by 1:31 in the game. But Los Angeles had the ball on the 3-yard line from Cleveland. And the Browns didn’t want LA to run the clock and score a game-winning field goal shot with chips.
So when the Chargers gave Austin Ekeler the ball instead of taking a knee to bleed more time, Cleveland Ekeler’s defenders pushed and dragged Ekeler across the goal line against his will to score a result.
. @ AustinEkeler’s IN … with a little help from the Browns.
: #CLEvsLAC on CBS
: NFL app pic.twitter.com/rZKhcyt8vL
– NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2021
The aim was to get Disgust into the end zone as quickly as possible and get the ball back with the hope of a touchdown and victory.
That didn’t work, however, as the Browns flipped the ball on downs at their own 46-yard line with 14 seconds remaining.
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