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Previewing the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears Week 9 showdown

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for a big Week 9 prime time matchup with the Chicago Bears.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for a home prime time game as they take on the Chicago Bears this Monday night for their second game again NFC North teams. Trying to advance their winning streak from three to four games, many are concerned about a potential let down game considering the Steelers’ huge Week 8 win over the division rival Cleveland Browns. For the Steelers to do so, Ben Roethlisberger, and the young offensive line, will have to continue to improve while the defense continues to harass the opposition from every angle.

Here is the game preview for the Steelers and Bears for their Week 9 matchup at Heinz Field.

Teams (Records)

Pittsburgh Steelers: 4-3 (3rd place in AFC North)
Chicago Bears: 3-5 (3rd place in NFC North)

Odds (Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)

Steelers (-6)
OVER/UNDER: 39
Moneyline: Steelers -250; Bears +200

(Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.)

Last 5 Games

Steelers: 3-2
Bears: 2-3

Injury Report

Steelers:
Friday, November 5
TE Eric Ebron (Ankle) - Limited
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pectoral/Hip/Right Shoulder) - Limited
K Chris Boswell (Concussion) - Full
OL B.J. Finney (Back) - DNP
DT Cam Heyward (Ankle) - Full

Bears:
Friday, November 5
QB Nick Foles (Non-Injury/Personal/Illness) - DNP
TE J.P. Holtz (Concussion) - DNP
DB Eddie Jackson (Hamstring) - DNP
LB Khalil Mack (Foot) - DNP
LB Alec Ogletree (Ankle) - DNP
RB Damien Williams (Knee) - DNP
WR Darnell Mooney (Groin) - Limited

News and Notes

When it comes to this Week 9 game between AFC and NFC opponents, they couldn’t be further apart on the NFL spectrum. You have the Chicago Bears who are learning on the fly with a rookie quarterback, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to get the very best out of their franchise quarterback before he rides off into the sunset and calls it a career.

The Bears are one of the rare teams who run the ball better than they pass the ball, and this set up should favor the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. On the opposite side of the ball, the Bears are a team who can harass quarterbacks, but struggle to stop the run. This is a game which could very well come down to the trenches. If the Steelers can run the football, and stop the run, it could equate to the Steelers holding serve at home and advancing their record to 5-3 on the season.

Nonetheless, many fans are concerned about the ever present let down game from a Mike Tomlin team. We’ve all seen this before, but the game being played on Monday Night Football in front of a national audience, combined with the Steelers wearing their Color Rush uniforms, you have to think the let down game might just have to come another week. Either way, this is a game the Steelers should win, but anything can happen each and every week in the NFL. The hope is the Steelers win in convincing fashion, but they could also find themselves playing down to the wire like they did with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. There are no easy games in the NFL, or at least that’s the way it seems for the Steelers.


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