Schwartz’s Trench Report: What I’m Betting in Steelers-Broncos

Nov 25, 2018 3:35 PM EST

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  • Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz offers his best Week 12 NFL bet based on the battles up front.
  • He's picking a side in the Pittsburgh Steelers' road matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Despite multiple teams being on bye and three games played on Thanksgiving Day, there’s one Sunday matchup featuring a unit with a slight advantage.

Let’s dig in.

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

  • Spread: Steelers -3
  • Over/Under: 47
  • Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS

The Broncos aren’t terribly great, but they did beat the surging Chargers last week on the road.

One reason for Denver’s success in Los Angeles was the Broncos’ run game. They rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per carry.

The Broncos are eighth in the league in rushing yards per game. But more importantly, they’re first in the NFL in yards per rushing attempt. They’re led by undrafted rookie free agent Phillip Lindsay, who is second in the league in yards per attempt (5.5) for running backs with at least 100 carries in 2018.

If the Broncos are running the ball well, you’d assume that their offensive line must be doing some work.