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Week 16 Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

Previewing the match-up between the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 16 GAME PREVIEWS:
MIN @ NO | TB @ DET | SF @ ARZ | MIA @ LV | NYG @ BAL | ATL @ KC | CLE @ NYJ | CHI @ JAX
CIN @ HOU | IND @ PIT | CAR @ WAS | DEN @ LAC | PHI @ DAL | LAR @ SEA | TEN @ GB | BUF @ NE

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
When: 12/27 @ 1pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Colts -1.5
Over/Under: 44.5
Moneyline: Colts -130 | Steelers +110

Colts Key Injuries: DeForest Buckner, DE, Ankle (Q), Anthony Castonzo, T, Knee (Q), Marcus Johnson, WR, Quad (Q), Philip Rivers, QB, Toe (Q), Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Knee (Q), Quenton Nelson, G, Back (Q), Jack Doyle, TE, Quad (Q)
Steelers Key Injuries: James Conner, RB, Quadriceps (Q), Eric Ebron, TE, Back (Q)

NOTES: This is a potential first-round AFC matchup preview, and the Colts are favored on the road against a struggling Steelers team. The Colts running game has been elite over the past few weeks, front-lined by rookie RB Johnathon Taylor and RB Nyheim Hines. After the Bengals’ run game tore apart the Steelers, I expect the Colts to do the same in week 16. Therefore, if they establish the run early, I think they have a great chance to pull out a win.

The Steelers have been slip-sliding down a slope these last few weeks, they can’t run the ball at all or throw it more than seven yards. Therefore I expect them to struggle against this formidable Colts front seven, and put a small amount of points on the board. Their defense has been a shadow of itself these last few weeks because they have been suffering injuries, and it showed when they were gashed by the Cincinnati Bengals last week for a huge game. I think the Colts will control the tempo of this game and the Steelers will drop a fourth game in a row.

Heisen is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and was part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for fantasy football and a knack for the analytical statistics behind football. Heisen roots for a football team that epitomizes choking: The Los Angeles Chargers.

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