- The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4.5-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons.
- Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that he will play the starters on Thursday night.
- In the other Thursday Night Football game, the Philadelphia Eagles are also 4.5-point favorites when they face the Indianapolis Colts.
ATLANTA – Thursday Night Football for the NFL preseason kicks off with the Pittsburgh Steelers as 4.5-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Mike Tomlin told the media that he will play his starters, giving value to the Pittsburgh Steelers -110 spread odds.
The game likely has no impact for betting on the Super Bowl, but coach Tomlin wants to get a good look at his team before NFL rosters are trimmed to 53 players on Tuesday.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Lines
|Atlanta Falcons||+4.5 (-110)||+165||O38.5 (-110)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||-4.5 (-110)||-195||U38.5 (-110)|
A press conference with Steelers media revealed Tomlin will play starters, or at least young offensive players who need the reps.
"First-team All-Pros all and 30-year-old corners I know more about, and so it's not about the guys oftentimes that I choose not to play, it's about the opportunity for others," Tomlin said on Tuesday. The ‘All-Pros and 30-year-old corners’ likely references players like linebacker T.J. Watt and cornerback Patrick Peterson.
However, the Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of young players on offense like quarterback Kenny Pickett and running back Najee Harris. Hopeful Pittsburgh fans may look at the long Steelers Super Bowl 58 betting odds after seeing the first-team offense put on a show against a back-up Atlanta defense.
Betting On the Other Thursday Night Football Game
The starters will be playing for the Indianapolis Colts, which means Anthony Richardson can lead the Colts to their +165 moneyline odds. However, Richardson was 7/12 with 67 yards and an interception in the preseason opener.
Philadelphia Eagles Vs Indianapolis Colts Betting Lines
|Philadelphia Eagles||-4.5 (-110)||-195||O38.0 (-110)|
|Indianapolis Colts||+4.5 (-110)||+165||U38.0 (-110)|
The Philadelphia Eagles are highly unlikely to put out any starters with just two weeks to go until Week 1 of the regular season. Still, a solid rushing attack led by Trey Sermon can cover the 4.5-point spread against a poor Indianapolis Colts team.
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