AAA's EARLY 10* *Steelers/Falcons* TOTAL BLOCKBUSTER!
(NFL) Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta, 12/14/2014 8:00 AM, Score: 27 - 20
Total: 56.00 | -115.00 Over
Result: Win
This is a 10* TOTAL BLOCKBUSTER on the UNDER between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons.

For a number of different reasons I look for this total to fall below the posted number once the final whistle sounds. Both teams are still in the playoff hunt, and as such I'm expecting a "playoff like" atmosphere. The Steelers are within one-half game of the Bengals for the AFC North lead after destroying Cincinnati 42-21 last Sunday. RB Le'Veon Bell had 235 yards from scrimmage and three TD's: "We have a great opportunity in front of us, so I'm going to embrace it," Bell said afterwards. "This is the part of the year where things get a little tight, they get more exciting. Everybody in the locker room is excited about this last couple of weeks." Pittsburgh will obviously once again be leaning heavily on Bell today as it looks to control the pace and tempo of this contest throughout: "As long as he stays healthy, we'll keep feeding him," Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger said earlier in the week. "I've said for many, many weeks now that he's one of the best all-around backs in the game. I think every week he continues to prove that." The Falcons will surely have their hands full today, but at 5-8, they're tied with New Orleans atop the NFC South still, and that's despite falling 43-37 at Green Bay on Monday night. Note that the Falcons' offense is very likely going to be without the services of star WR Julio Jones after he left with a hip injury in the fourth quarter vs. the Packers (if he does suit up, he definitely won't be at 100%). With Jones sidelined, we can expect the home side to also lean on its RB, Steven Jackson and Atlanta average just 96.7 RYPG to rank 23rd in the league, but the team is 5-1 when running the ball at least 25 times. Note that Pittsburgh has seen the total dip below the posted number in both games that it's played this year off a win vs. a division rival, while Atlanta has seen the total fall UNDER the number in two of three non-conference contests this season and in four of seven when playing the role of underdog. In my opinion, all signs do indeed point to the UNDER as the sharp move here.

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