The Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears are slated to face off in Week 9 of the 2021 regular season, and there are a lot of narratives between these two teams. For the Bears, they are wondering if rookie quarterback Justin Fields will be the player to lead them to victory, while the Steelers are a team trying to forge a new identity as they look to extend their winning streak to four games after their Week 8 win over the Cleveland Browns.
For those who follow the current betting lines, the Steelers opened as 6.5-point favorites, and, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, that line has moved from 6.5-points to 6-points.
(Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.)
At this point, it is time to check in and see who the pundits who call themselves experts like in this showdown in Pittsburgh this Monday night.
For those new to this article, there are two types of experts, when it comes to NFL picks. There are those who just pick the overall winner, and those who expound on their picks and give a reason for their prediction.
As for the former of the above types of experts, there are many sites who have their experts just plug in a winner and move on with their day. Of those site, like Yahoo! and ESPN, the Steelers are heavy favorites to beat the Bears at home and move their record to 5-3.
As for the experts who actually put some thoughts, and explanation behind their picks, like Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, he likes the Steelers to find a way to beat Chicago for the first time since the 2005 season.
The Steelers have turned their season around and are playing well. The defense will give Justin Fields all types of problems in this one. They will keep him from running, which will lead to some turnovers and sacks. Ben Roethlisberger will do enough to turn those into points.
Pick: Steelers 26, Bears 13
As for Bill Bender of The Sporting News, he likes the Steelers to hold serve at home and extend their win streak to four games in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
The Steelers were left for dead after a shaky start, but three straight victories have vaulted them back into AFC North contention. Rookie Justin Fields has shown promise for the Bears, but he’s up against a furious pass rush led by T.J. Watt (8.5 sacks). It’s another black-and-blue loss for Chicago
Pick: Steelers 25, Bears 17
These are just a few sites who make weekly NFL picks. When you think about all those sites not listed above, this is when we turn to our friends at NFL Pick Watch, a site dedicated to tracking NFL expert picks by the week. They take all expert picks and put them into an easy-to-read graph for fans to enjoy. When it comes to the Steelers vs. Bears game, 90% of NFL experts like the Steelers to hold serve at home Monday night.
What do you think about the upcoming game? Will the experts have it right? Or are they way off? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Bears in Week 9.