ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams runs the ball with pressure from defensive end Michael Johnson #93 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of the game on December 18, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals defeated the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been missing practice all week due to a lingering ankle injury and is a game-time decision for the contest against the St. Louis Rams, but did it affect how odds makers see the game?
When the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers meet in Week 16, only one team will be playing for anything more than pride. The Steelers are still hunting for a first-round by in the AFC playoffs, while the Rams have shifted to thinking about draft needs for April. Ben Roethlisberger is a game-time decision for the matchup, and Charlie Batch would be next in line to lead the Steelers offense, but did this uncertainty at quarterback lead to any uncertainty about the outcome?
For a look at the complete odds, we turn to SB Nation's Odds Page, powered by Odds Shark. The line opened with the Steelers as 16-point favorites to beat the Rams, and has since moved up to 17 points. The over/under for the game opened at 37.5 points, and has moved down slightly to the current over/under of 37 points. Clearly odds makers aren't too optimistic about Big Ben's ankle, the alternative of Charlie Batch or the Rams offense in general. Expect this game to be a slug fest, and those are the types of games designed for Pittsburgh's defense to shine.
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