What was once a team whose main strength was the defense, is now a team with an incredible offensive power and able to put lots of points on the board, week in and week out. Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers set records for points (27.3) and yards (411.1) per game and Big Ben reminded us just how good he can be when he’s conveniently protected. And having one of the most talented receivers in the league in Antonio Brown, who recorded 129 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns, certainly helps to keep putting up outstanding numbers.
Jimmy Garoppolo will probably have to wait a few more years to start a game for the New England Patriots as the team’s signal caller. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady was supposed to be out for the first four games of the 2015 season but that decision was reversed last week and he’s available to face the Steelers. While the suspension was still in effect, New England was only a 3-point favorite against Pittsburgh; but after Judge Richard Berman’s decision that number moved significantly to make the Patriots currently a 7-point favorite according to online oddsmakers at GTbets Sportsbook. Belichick and his players work very effectively under pressure and their mentality “us against the world” will now, more than ever, be on full display throughout the season, starting against the Steelers.
In the previous 14 seasons, the Steelers and the Patriots have combined for 9 AFC presences in the Super Bowl, which indicates how strong both sides have been these last years. The last time these two teams faced each other was during the 2013 season with the Patriots destroying Pittsburgh 55-31 at home. As he enters the field following the “Deflategate” saga, Tom Brady will be looking to extend his impressive record against the Steelers. Brady is 7-2 against Pittsburgh with a 157.8 QB rating, threw for 18 TD and only 2 interceptions, and is yet to lose against them at Gillette Stadium.
Roethlisberger will need to rely a lot more on his mobility and make more plays with his arm if the Steelers are going to win this game. Against a thin Patriots secondary, Antonio Brown has the opportunity to come out with a strong performance. DeAngelo Williams has also a big role to play in this game, as the Steelers try to control the clock and keep Brady away from the field as much as possible.
Figuring out how to contain TE Rob Gronkowski will probably be the Steelers main concern. When he is healthy, any attempt to stop him is normally doomed to failure and Brady will certainly be looking to take advantage not only of Gronk’s vast strengths but also of the Steelers’ deficiencies as much as he can. With this being said, the Steelers and the Patriots should produce a very intense and entertaining game to open the 2015 NFL Season!
Pittsburgh Steelers & New England Patriots Betting Trends
- Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games.
- Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine September games.
- Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last four season openers.
- New England Patriots are 13-5 ATS in their last eighteen home games.
- New England Patriots are 14-6 ATS in their last twenty games on fieldturf.
Public Betting Percentage
Straight Up 35%
Against The Spread 44%
New England Patriots
Straight Up 65%
Against The Spread 56%
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