Steelers vs. Bears: Week 9 NFL Betting Preview – November 8, 2021

Written By Staff on November 8, 2021

The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) will fight to keep their three-game winning streak alive in a Week 9 matchup against the Chicago Bears (3-5). The Bears (+240 on the moneyline to win) and the Steelers (-7) take to the field on November 8, 2021 at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN. The point total for the game is set at 40 points.

In this article we break down everything you need before making a bet on the game. That includes key metrics, injury statuses, weather conditions, and the best available odds.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of November 8, 2021, 8:13 PM ET. See the table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Steelers Vs. Bears Betting Odds

Steelers Vs. Bears Player Props

Steelers Vs. Bears Betting Angles

Steelers Vs. Bears Weather

A high temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit, with clear sky and 6 mph winds, are the expected conditions at Heinz Field on Monday (as of 8:13 PM on November 8).

Steelers Vs. Bears Injury Report

Pittsburgh Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Tyson Alualu DE Fractured Ankle Out
Stephon Tuitt DE Knee Out
Eric Ebron TE Hamstring Out
B.J. Finney C Back Probable
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR Shoulder Out
Ahkello Witherspoon CB Gameday Inactive Out
Zach Banner OT Gameday Inactive Out
Joshua Dobbs QB Toe Out
Dwayne Haskins QB Gameday Inactive Out
Demarcus Christmas DT Undisclosed Out
Anthony McFarland Jr. RB Gameday Inactive Out
Carlos Davis DT Knee Out
Buddy Johnson LB Gameday Inactive Out

Chicago Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Nick Foles QB Non Injury Related (personal) Out
Alec Ogletree ILB Ankle Out
Damien Williams RB Knee Out
Khalil Mack OLB Foot Out
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Pectoral Out
Artie Burns CB Gameday Inactive Out
Germain Ifedi G Knee Out
Deon Bush FS Quadriceps Out
J.P. Holtz TE Concussion Out
Tarik Cohen RB Knee (acl) Out
Eddie Jackson SS Hamstring Out
Darnell Mooney WR Groin Probable
Teven Jenkins OT Back Out

Steelers Offense Vs. Bears Defense

Steelers Offense Stats (Rank) Bears Defense
18.9 (26) Points/Gm 24.4 (21)
0.30 (25) Points/Play 0.40 (22)
330.4 (24) Yards/Gm 357.1 (15)
254.4 (15) Pass Yards/Gm 252.8 (13)
86.0 (28) Rush Yards/Gm 125.0 (24)
5.2 (25) Yards/Play 5.8 (22)
6.6 (27) Yards/Pass 8.1 (28)
3.7 (27) Yards/Rush 4.5 (22)
40.9% (14) 3rd Down % 40.6% (17)
55.6% (21) Red Zone % 53.1% (10)
7 (3) Turnovers 8 (22)
13 (5) Sacks 21 (9)

Bears Offense Vs. Steelers Defense

Bears Offense Stats (Rank) Steelers Defense
15.4 (31) Points/Gm 20.3 (7)
0.26 (30) Points/Play 0.32 (7)
264.0 (32) Yards/Gm 345.7 (11)
157.6 (32) Pass Yards/Gm 256.3 (14)
136.6 (6) Rush Yards/Gm 106.0 (13)
4.4 (32) Yards/Play 5.5 (13)
6.1 (31) Yards/Pass 7.4 (19)
4.6 (7) Yards/Rush 4.2 (11)
34.7% (27) 3rd Down % 37.1% (8)
55.0% (23) Red Zone % 47.6% (2)
11 (18) Turnovers 6 (29)
30 (32) Sacks 19 (12)

When The Steelers Have The Ball

  • The Bears rank 22nd in the league with eight turnovers forced, while the Steelers have committed seven (third).
  • Chicago allows opponents to score on 53.1% of their red-zone appearances (10th in the league). Pittsburgh’s offense has a 55.6% red-zone percentage (21st).
  • The Steelers are 24th in the league, racking up 330.4 yards per game, while the Bears rank 15th in yards conceded (357.1).
  • Pittsburgh averages 3.7 yards per carry (27th in the league) compared to the 4.5 per rushing attempt Chicago allows (22nd in the NFL).

When The Bears Have The Ball

  • The Steelers have the seventh-ranked scoring defense (20.3 points per game). The Bears’ 31st-ranked scoring offense averages 15.4 points per game.
  • Chicago has a 0.26 point-per-play average (30th in the NFL), while Pittsburgh gives up 0.32 per play (seventh in the league).
  • The Bears have the No. 23 offense in the NFL in converting their red zone opportunities (55.0%), and will be facing the Steelers second-ranked defense in that category (47.6%).
  • Chicago averages 264.0 yards per game to rank 32nd in the NFL. They will be facing a Pittsburgh defense ranked 11th, giving up 345.7 yards per game.
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Steelers Betting Trends And Insights

  • Pittsburgh has put together a 3-4-0 ATS record so far this year.
  • Pittsburgh’s games have hit the over just once this season.
  • Pittsburgh and its opponents have combined to score more than 40 points in four of seven games this season.
  • The Steelers have compiled a 1-2 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 33.3% of those games).

Bears Betting Trends And Insights

  • Chicago is 3-6-0 ATS this season.
  • The Bears have been an underdog by 7 points or more this year three times and failed to cover in all three.
  • So far this season, just two of Chicago’s games have gone over the point total.
  • Chicago has played four games this season that have had more than 40 combined points scored.
  • This season, the Bears have been the underdog seven times and won one of those games.

Steelers Players To Watch

  • Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,781 yards (175-for-269), with eight touchdowns and four interceptions (254.4 YPG).
  • Najee Harris has racked up a team-leading 479 rushing yards (68.4 YPG) and tallied three touchdowns. He has tacked on 37 catches for 273 yards (also a team high) with two receiving touchdowns.
  • This season Chase Claypool has rushed for 38 yards on four attempts. He also makes a big impact in the passing game, catching 26 passes for a team-best 403 yards and one touchdown.
  • Diontae Johnson has 40 catches (63 targets) and paces his team with 474 receiving yards (67.7 ypg) and three touchdowns.
  • T.J. Watt has 8.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also added 8.0 TFL and 27 tackles.
  • This season Minkah Fitzpatrick has racked up 51 tackles and 1.0 TFL, leading his team in tackles.
  • This season Terrell Edmunds leads the team with one interception and has added 38 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one pass defended.

Bears Players To Watch

  • Justin Fields leads his team in both passing and rushing, including 991 passing yards (123.9 per game), three touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has 243 rushing yards on 44 carries with two touchdowns.
  • Khalil Herbert has taken 81 attempts for a team-leading 351 rushing yards (43.9 per game) while scoring one touchdown.
  • Darnell Mooney has 33 catches (53 targets) and paces his team with 409 receiving yards (51.1 per game) while scoring one touchdown.
  • Allen Robinson II has also tacked on 26 catches for 271 yards and one touchdown this season. He has been targeted 44 times, and averages 33.9 receiving yards.
  • Cole Kmet has caught 22 passes on 36 targets for 197 yards, averaging 24.6 yards per game.
  • Khalil Mack has collected a team-leading 6.0 sacks, while adding 6.0 TFL and 19 tackles.
  • Roquan Smith’s 81 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, and one interception make him the team leader for tackles and interceptions.

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