Steelers vs. 49ers: NFL Week 3 Picks & Game Predictions

Until Pittsburgh lost Large Ben for This season, these teams opened at PK.

Together with his backup Mason Rudolph because the starter and with San Francisco’s public perception skyrocketing, the Steelers are favored by as much as 7.5 points. I believe this line motion is exaggerated, especially considering lackluster Roethlisberger’s start to the year was.
From a talent and possible standpoint, the Steelers aren’t at all radically hurt for having Rudolph at quarterback. The Oklahoma State Cowboy won the 2017 award for senior or fourth-year indulged. By scouting services since the quarterback in the draft, considered, Pittsburgh believed in him sufficiently to trade up for him in the third round.
After over a year of viewing Roethlisberger play, Rudolph saw his first season action last week. He went 12-for-19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns, along with an interception that was the fault of Donte Moncrief and came in.
Rudolph revealed zip on his athleticism to a run than observers expected along with his known strengths of death precision that was deep and pocket presence.
The Steelers understand how to use Rudolph. They are calling for heavy and much longer play-action chunks, permitting Rudolph to associate with the likes of JuJu Smith-Schuster. JuJu is one of the league’s most explosive receivers based on burst evaluation and excels at creating separation from his guardian, evidenced his ranking 13th in target separation.
I anticipate James Washington to get more playing time than Moncrief. Pittsburgh drafted Washington 16 picks, in the next round . In 2017, Washington clicked with Rudolph and also was honored as the greatest receiver of college football.
Receivers need time to get downfield when running routes that are deeper. Rudolph gets got the patience in your pocketbut he needs moment.
So far, the pass dash of San Francisco leads to its second-ranked pass protection and boasts among the higher sack rates that are adjusted. Dee Ford has played a significant function. However, he’s addressing knee tendinitis that leaves especially his fitness up in the atmosphere and his playing standing.
More to the point, Pittsburgh line represents a drastically more difficult evaluation for the 49ers’ pass rush. The Steelers are comfortable with the defensive strategy of San Francisco and have the pass protection based on adjusted sack rate allowed. On Sunday, they limited Seahawk end Jadeveon Clowney’s effect, keeping him. Clowney, such as the defensive ends of San Fran, enjoys to lineup in wide-9 technique.
Pass protection is critical for Sunday’s NFL Decide since the 49ers’ secondary comprises essentially the very same employees as last year, that ranked 27th in pass protection on DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), also promises to get exposed.
Launched in its pass defense was a famous question mark coming into the year and San Francisco did not really do anything to tackle it. Signs in preseason showed what kind of trouble the offense would encounter if protection became an problem.
And then it happened: Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, the 12th-highest-graded pass-blocker because 2006 of PFF, suffered a broken leg.
Without him, the eighth-best pass rush is encountered by the 49ers in terms of adjusted sack rate. Pittsburgh’s leading seven includes Pro Bowler T.J. Watt, All-Pro Cameron Heyward, and Stephon Tuitt, PFF’s 21st-highest-graded defensive lineman this past year.
Whereas Rudolph is going to have enough opportunity to go deep, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo won’t find it so simple to harness the expected primary weakness of Pittsburgh in covering end George Kittle. The Steelers’ pass policy for a whole must receive a boost with the inclusion of former Dolphin first-rounder security Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Free Pick: Steelers +7.5 (-145) using 5Dimes

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