Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
Time: 3:25 PM CST (CBS)
Spread: SF -7
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 and will start Mason Rudolph for his first NFL start at quarterback. The Steelers are 7-point underdogs on the road at San Francisco, where the betting total is set at 44.5 total points according to NFL oddsmakers. The game will air at 3:25 CST Sunday on CBS.
Mason Rudolph threw 12 of 19 for completion last week, 63.2 percent, with a 5.9 yard-per-attempt average and two touchdowns. He did throw an interception, but Rudolph was not sacked and finished with a passer rating of 92.4 for his first NFL action. Now he has a full game as the starter ahead of himself, and he has the arm to really do some damage if he keeps his accuracy up. The 6-foot-5 235-pound quarterback from Oklahoma State was drafted in the third round of 2018 draft.
The Steelers are not getting great production out of James Conner. He has rushed 21 times for just 2.6 yards-per-carry with one TD on the season. Jaylen Samuels has rushed five times for 22 yards, and Benny Snell had one rush attempt for 23-yards. Snell should probably see more touches as the season goes on, as he was a monster in the NCAA in his time with the Kentucky Wildcats and is used to a lot of carries. JuJu Smith-Schuster leads all receivers with 11 catches for 162 yards. Vance McDonald has caught the only two touchdowns. The Tight end has caught nine passes for a second-best 78 yards, as well, with 51-yards picked up after the catch on his nine receptions.
The San Francisco 49ers are 2-0 after defeating Tampa Bay and Cincinnati in Weeks 1 and 2. The 49ers have not had any close calls yet, defeating Tampa Bay by a count of 31-17 and knocking the Bengals off 41-17, as well.
Jimmy Garoppolo has been good overall but has had his issues with intersections, having thrown two already to his four touchdowns. He is 35 of 52 (67.3 percent) with a decent 8.9 yards-per-catch.
George Kittle is the best receiver at tight end, with 11 catches for 108 yards. Deebo Samuel is the top wideout with eight catches for 103 yards and one touchdown. Rasheem Mostert has rushed 22 times for 123 yards, but he has caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Matt Breida leads the team in rush attempts (27), and in yardage (158), but only Jeff Wilson Jr has any TD rushes, and he has both of the 49ers rushing TDs on his 10 attempts and 34 total yards.
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