The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) have a little payback on their minds from their 30-15 regular-season loss to Miami in Week 6 when they host the Dolphins (10-6) Sunday in the AFC Wild Card Playoff contest along the North Shore.
Pittsburgh owns a playoff record of 7-4 (.636) at Heinz Field, but are 5-5 overall in Wild Card Game appearances. Miami is 2-1 all-time against the Steelers in the playoffs. The Dolphins are one of nine opponents that have a winning record against Pittsburgh in the postseason. The Men of Steel have appeared in a total of 57 playoff meetings, which is second all-time behind the Dallas Cowboys at 60.
Mike Tomlin’s squad is -10 per the Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 46 Thursday for the matchup with the Fins. The Black and Gold is 8/1 to make it to the Super Bowl while Aqua, Orange, and White are 75/1. The moment has arrived to check what the experts are predicting for this Sunday’s gridiron action.
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Pete Prisco at CBS Sports believes Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will be too much for the Dolphins defense to handle and win 27-14.
Here at DYST Now, our own Pat O’Hearne likes the Black and Gold’s offense to take control of the scoreboard and come away with a 34-10 victory over the Fins.
Matt Verderame of FanSided breaks ranks from the rest of the writers in this survey and thinks the game will be close with the Steelers pulling out a 30-26 triumph against the Dolphins. Verderame sees the Miami ground game rising to the occasion again.
The writers at FOX Sports all line up for the Steelers this week. Chris Chase, Dieter Kurtenbach, Andrew Lynch, and Brett Smiley like Pittsburgh at home.
David Steele at the Sporting News reminds everyone that with no Ryan Tannehill under center for Miami, the Black and Gold should cruise to a 29-20 final.
Over at Sports Illustrated, their panel of experts including Greg Bedard, Chris Burke, Greg Bishop, Ben Baskin, Melissa Jacobs, Jacob Feldman, Andrew Perloff, Amy Parlapiano, Mitch Goldich, Bette Marston, and Eric Single all like the Steelers winning this week. However, only Parlapiano thinks Pittsburgh can go all the way to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
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