Looking to continue to separate themselves atop the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers return from their bye week for a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast in select markets on CBS. When looking for a live stream, the first thing you want to do is to find out if the game is in your market or not, which you can do by checking a coverage map here.
If the game is in your market, you can watch on your computer or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch today’s game at no cost:
CBS All Access: This service lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel (most markets included) for $5.99 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app
FuboTV: CBS (live in at least 20 markets) is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which gives you access to 70-plus channels and costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It also comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
If the game isn’t in your market, you may be able to watch via NFL Sunday Ticket.
The Steelers are favored by a healthy 10 points, but judging by recent history between these teams, that spread may not be nearly large enough. In the past three head-to-head matchups, the Steelers have out-scored the Colts 124-51, with Ben Roethlisberger torching Indy’s secondary for 1,107 yards, 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions over that stretch.
And while Pittsburgh’s passing offense hasn’t been nearly as explosive as year’s past–Roethlisberger has surpassed 300 yards just twice this season, and he has a 1:6 TD:INT ratio in those games–the Colts secondary remains ripe for the picking. Indy ranks last in the NFL in yards per attempt allowed (8.3), 24th in sack percentage (5.4) and 25th in Football Outsiders’ pass defense efficiency rankings.
The Colts, though, are relishing the opportunity to test their secondary.
“Everybody understands what’s coming to town,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “You don’t need to beat a dead horse. … You can’t give up big plays to [Brown]. Can’t allow him to wreck the game, and he’s done it over and over and over again. A [future] Hall of Fame quarterback [like Roethlisberger] that has thrown for a ton of yards and completed a bunch of passes and touchdown passes and no interceptions; we know all that stuff. It’s why we’re excited about the opportunity. It’s a chance to do something that nobody will give us a shot at doing.”
Unfortunately for the Colts, slowing down Pittsburgh’s offense is one half of the equation. They’ll also have to find a way to protect Jacoby Brissett against an aggressive defense that is fourth in the NFL in sacks (26) and third in sack percentage (9.0). And that’s an extremely tall task considering the Colts’ shaky offensive line has them ranked last offensively (35 sacks allowed; 10.8 sack percentage) in both of those respective categories.
Put it all together, and the Steelers should coast to a 7-2 record.