The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a tough game on the road to the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 1, and they limped back to Pittsburgh looking to avenge their loss in the form of a home victory against the San Francisco 49ers at Heinz Field. The 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings in impressive fashion in Week 1, and are standing in the Steelers' way of getting their record back to .500 heading into Week 3.
The odds in this game show the Steelers are the favorite, as the average sports book as Pittsburgh as 6-point favorites in the Week 2 game, and it is time to see who the experts are selecting in this inter-conference game.
The fine folks here at SB Nation see the Steelers bouncing back from their Week 1 loss as 6 out of 7 selections went the way of the Steelers. The only exception was David Fucillo, editor of Niners Nation, so his selection isn't a huge shock. Still, SB Nation is very lopsided in their support of the home Steelers in Week 2.
On the ESPN.com panel of expert picks was nearly a straight run of picks for the Steelers, except for two experts who think the 49ers will be able to rebound off a short week and traveling across country to pull off the upset of the Steelers at home.
If you are a superstitious fan who doesn't like an entire panel to select the Steelers, then don't visit CBSSports.com. Their entire panel of experts think the Steelers will bounce back in a big way and even their record at 1-1.
For those who like the Steelers to play more of the underdog role when it comes to who the experts like in any particular matchup, then FOXSports.com is your site to visit. The experts at FOX are split as to who they think will win the game this Sunday. 4 of their panel pick the Steelers, while 4 pick the 49ers.
According to NFLPickWatch.com, a website which tabulates all NFL expert picks across the internet, 89-percent of experts are picking the Steelers to hold serve at home and advance to 1-1. Take that for what its worth, but like it or not the Steelers are the odds on favorites to win this weekend as they open up Heinz Field in front of their home crowd for the first time in this 2015 regular season.