The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and with Ben Roethlisberger healthy and Peyton Manning reduced to walking laps around the team's practice field, it's no surprise that our partner Odds Shark shows the Pittsburgh Steelers as being 11-point road favorites over the Indianapolis Colts this week.
Roethlisberger received a scare late in the first half of the Steelers' 24-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock was tripped by Steelers rookie right tackle Marcus Gilbert and crashed directly into Big Ben's right knee. Roethlisberger missed a couple of plays, but would return to finish the game and has not appeared on the team's injury report.
Meanwhile, the Colts' quarterback situation remains a mess.
Not only is Peyton Manning out for the foreseeable future, but his 38-year-old replacement, Kerry Collins, has completed 50.7 percent of his pass attempts for 388 yards with more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1). Collins has been sacked just five times, but has lost three fumbles through two games. Collins was also limited in Wednesday's practice with a right shoulder injury, which doesn't figure to improve against a Steelers' pass rush that got to Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson six times last week.