Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots | Betting Tip (08.05.2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots for NFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by American football experts.
Sunday 8th September 2019
Spread: Patriots by 6
Money Line: -250; Steelers +200
*Odds via 888sports.com
Pittsburgh Steelers – New England Patriots | Prediction, Odds & Tips
For the last couple of seasons, the Steelers and Patriots have met late in the regular season with something on the line and have treated fans to an incredibly entertaining and hard-fought game. But this year they are going to face off at the start of the season with both having lost a superstar in the offseason.
Who will miss their departed superstar more?
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots Preview
Having faced each other five times over the last four seasons, it is safe to assume that both teams are at least somewhat familiar with what the other does well. They will have a good idea of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and will likely have a plan on how to exploit them.
Despite the loss that both suffered in the offseason (Steelers traded Antonio Brown; Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retired), both should have strong offences able to generate yards and score points. It will be interesting to see just how both will try to compensate for the absence of what had been their best offensive weapon.
Since the defence for both teams tend to need a few weeks to warm up, fans could be treated to an exciting and potentially high scoring game. But should gamblers approach the game? Let’s take a closer look at both teams and figure that out.
Pittsburgh Steelers News
The story surrounding the Steelers for the 2019 season is going to be all about life after Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. They appeared to do just fine without Bell last season, but the running game wasn’t always consistent with James Conner in the backfield. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in receiving yards last season, but he had the benefit of defences focusing on Brown.
Can Smith-Schuster do just as well without Brown? Will Donte Montcrief, James Washington, or Ryan Switzer become the No. 2 receiving threat he needs? If they can’t, is the Steelers passing game in trouble?
On the defensive side, they were good at limiting yardage (tenth against the pass and sixth against the run). However, they struggled a little in the area that matters most—points (t16th with 22.5 points/game allowed).
They drafted some help at linebacker in Devin Bush, one of the favorites to win Defensive Rookie of the Year and picked up Mark Barron from the Rams as well.
The team’s success is going to hinge on how much they do or don’t miss Bell and Brown. But if the defence struggles to keep team’s off the scoreboard again, it may not matter.
New England Patriots News
Like the Steelers, the Patriots will be figuring out how to get by without one of their superstars, the now-retired Rob Gronkowski. But his absence may not be too hard to deal with. While the passing game has been vital to the team’s success during the Brady/Belichick Era, in recent years, the team has begun to rely on the run more.
Back in 2015, their run game ranked 30th in the league. But then it improved to seventh the following year, was tenth in 2017, and became a top-five unit last season (fifth). With the stable of running backs at their disposal this season, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them do so again.
The passing game will not be forgotten, of course. The Patriots still have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in 42-year old Tom Brady. Julian Edelman is one of the best in the business and running back James White was second in receiving yards on the team last season.
Experts have high hopes for what rookie receiver N’Keal Harry could contribute right away.
They may need some more help from the defence at the start of the season as the offence tries to establish an identity. But the Patriots defence was just good (not great) last season. They picked a few free agents that could help and drafted a couple of guys that could contribute right away.
But fans will have to wait and see if they do.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots Head-to-Head
The Steelers and Patriots faced each other once last season, a Week 15 game that the Steelers won, 17-10. Over the years, they have played against each other 32 times (regular season and playoffs) with each team winning 16 of them. Both have gone no five-game winning streaks; the Steelers brought the Patriots streak to an end with last season’s win.
They have played at Foxborough nine times dating back to 1974 with the Steelers winning four and the Patriots five.
Odds and Predictions
With both teams undergoing significant changes on offence in the offseason, it is a little hard to know how either of them is going to look. Neither defence was exceptional last year, but neither was bad. Both brought in new talent on both sides of the ball, but until we see them play, we don’t know how well they will fit.
However, after the Patriots ran for 155, 176, and 154 yards in the playoffs last season, it is easier to believe that New England is going to be in better shape in Week One.
Take New England to win (-250), straight up and against the spread (-6). But anyone looking to back the Steelers will want the money line offered at SportsInteraction.com (+215). As for the over/under, most sportsbooks are offering the same thing, 51.5.
Don’t be shocked if this game is a low scoring one played on the ground. Take the under.
Our Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots Betting Tip:
There is uncertainty surrounding both teams, but less around the Patriots. Take New England to win.