Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to make his first and only NFL preseason betting appearance against the Indianapolis Colts. Some of us need to cut down on those Roethlis-burgers, but Big Ben himself was bent on cutting down on interceptions. According to ESPN Staff Writer Jeremy Fowler, Roethlisberger did not throw a single pick in training camp. “Didn’t throw an interception all camp, so that was good,” the QB said.
- Date: Saturday, 26th August
- Time: 7:35 PM
- Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sportsbook NFL Preseason Odds:
Colts +6 (-115) 41 (-115)
Steelers -6 (-105) 41 (-105)
Don’t ring the Bell, school’s not back in yet
The Steelers have ruled Maurkice Pouncey, Demarcus Ayers, Landry Jones, and Le’Veon Bell out of Saturday’s game.
The #Steelers listed as "not participating" for Saturday's game, as of today: Landry Jones, Demarcus Ayers, Le'Veon Bell & Maurkice Pouncey.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) August 22, 2017
The first three have been dealing with injuries, while Bell is expected to join the team next week. “This has always been Le’Veon Bell’s plan. Stay home, train in Florida… Let the Steelers get through the preseason,” NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. “Then he is set to show up, sign his $12.1 million franchise tender and play for his team.” the running back has said that he would only leave Pittsburgh if the Steelers traded him, and the holdout was never expected to overlap with the regular season, team president Art Rooney II told KDKA’s Bob Pompeani that “I think he should have been here, but these things happen. We’ve been through holdouts before, and all I can say is the sooner the better.” moreover, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster told Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Netowork that should be paying attention to James Conner. The rookie running back rushed the ball 20 times for 98 yards in against the Falcons on Sunday. On a related note, Trey Williams is not likely to give Bell a run for his money, but the Steelers may have found their punt returner in the former Texas Aggie.
The unLuckiest Colts since Classic Empire
Paraphrasing Frodo Baggins, Mike Florio writes that the Colts are “not nearly worried enough” about Andrew Luck’s continued absence. Florio also says that head coach Chuck Pagano’s assessment that interim starting QB Scott Tolzien “didn’t play bad” is not good enough.
Tolzien has completed 12 of 19 passes for 94 yards and no touchdowns in two NFL preseason betting. However, it’s Stephen Morris who has performed better out of the quarterback room, completing 24 of 35 passes for 205 yards and the Colt’s only two touchdowns of the preseason while playing in the last quarter. According to Mike Wells of ESPN, Morris took second-team snaps in practice on Monday ahead of rookie Phillip Walker but will remain No. 2 in the depth chart behind Tolzien, who is slated to start against the Steelers. When asked why this is so, Coach Pagano stuck to his “Scotty didn’t play bad” mantra. Sadly he didn’t add, “Scotty doesn’t know, Scotty doesn’t know, so don’t tell Scotty.” With Luck in his eighth month of recovery, the Colts are running out of NFL preseason betting time.