The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts close out Week 12 with a Monday Night Football showdown. Both teams come into the game hoping to hold on to slim playoff chances for the year, with FiveThirtyEight.com giving the Colts (4-8-1) just a 13 percent chance to make the postseason while the Steelers (3-7) have just a 0.8 percent chance. A Steelers win moves them to two percent, while the Colts winning moves them to 17 percent. Neither team is officially eliminated with a loss, but they get fairly close to that line if they do not win.
The Colts are currently second in the AFC South, training the 7-4 Tennessee Titans. They are 10th in the AFC playoff picture, looking up when it comes to the wild card positions, trailing the 7-4 New York Jets for the seventh seed. The Steelers are 14th in the conference, and they could fall to 15th with a loss. In the AFC North, they are in last place, but could tie the Cleveland Browns with a win.
Tonight’s game will air on ESPN. The Manning-cast will not air this week, returning for next week’s game.
As we do with every game between Week 1 and the Super Bowl, our contributors have picked the winner for tonight’s game. We primarily focus on the straight-up/moneyline winner for our pool, though you can check out any picks made against the spread or for the over/under point total as well. Everything is in the widget below.
Through yesterday’s games, Jake Mendel is in the lead for the week, going 11-4 thus far. Marek Brave and James McKinney are both 10-5, while Josh Houtz and CT Smith are both 9-6. Kevin Nogle is having a rough week at 7-8.
On to tonight’s picks. Odds for the game are brought to us by DraftKings Sportsbook. Our friends at Tallysight provide us with the picks graphics used below.
Here are our Week 12 Monday Night Football picks:
And, since we are now at the end of Week 12, let’s bring together the entire group of picks for this week: