Trio Of Steelers Leads Wild Card Most Yardage Player Props

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, January 5, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

Of the eight teams playing on the NFL's wild-card weekend, there's little doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best offensive group of the bunch -- and a Steelers player is favored to be the weekend's top passer, rusher and receiver.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown all got Week 17's game off against Cleveland because the Steelers were locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed as the North Division champions. So those guys should all be as healthy as they've been all season.

Of course the Steelers host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. It will be very cold in Pittsburgh, so that could keep the offenses somewhat in check. Roethlisberger is the +200 favorite on Bovada NFL odds to have the most passing yards of any QB this weekend. That's despite the fact Big Ben threw for only 189 yards -- second-lowest of season -- in a Week 6 loss in Miami. Roethlisberger hurt his knee in the game, missed a series and clearly wasn't the same after returning. That would eventually require surgery and cost Big Ben a game. Roethlisberger had four 300-yard games this season, with a high of 408 vs. Dallas.

The second-favorite on the QB prop is Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who has played like an MVP candidate during the Packers' six-game winning streak. Rodgers has three 300-yard games in that stretch. It also will be quite cold in Green Bay on Sunday. When Rodgers faced the Giants on Oct. 9, he threw for 259 yards in a 23-16 win.

For the most rushing yards, your favorite is Bell at -200. He closed the season on fire with five 100-yard games in his final six, with a high of 236 (franchise record) in snowy Buffalo on Dec. 11. Bell was held to 53 yards on 10 carries in that first Miami game. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is the second-favorite on NFL picks at +350. He rushed for 204 yards in that game vs. Pittsburgh, the fourth-most ever allowed by the Steelers.

On the receiving prop, the Steelers' Brown is the +300 favorite in NFL betting. He was fifth in the NFL this season with 1,284 yards. However, Brown had just four 100-yard games and not since 154 against Dallas on Nov. 13. In the first meeting vs. the Fins, he was held to 39 yards, tying a season low. The Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. is the second-favorite at +400. Beckham had 1,367 yards this season with four 100-yard games. Beckham was held to 56 yards in the first meeting with Green Bay.

My only recommendation here is that I highly doubt a Steeler wins all three. I do like Bell, however. Check out Bovada for all the options. 

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