Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at New England Patriots (15-4)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -6.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Patriots and Steelers meet up in Foxboro on NFL Opening Night this Thursday as the defending champs will have their signal caller in Tom Brady going up against Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head into opening week of the NFL season with high hopes and grad expectations as anything but a Super Bowl would be considered a disappointment for a team with a ton of play makers. The Steelers will be without LeVeon Bell to start the season as he is suspended for the first two weeks and while Pittsburgh does have Antonio Brown to lean on through the air they might be in tough without an established running game to produce some wiggle room down field. Roethlisberger continues to develop with each passing season and the former Super Bowl champion is one of the game's best but against a Patriots team in New England on opening night after an offseason filled with turbulence it might be a tough ask for even Big Ben to generate a victory.
New England was the center of attention in the offseason but not for their crazy Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks but for the involvement of quarterback Tom Brady in Deflate Gate which until last week had the multi time MVP sitting out for four weeks. After a judge ruled against the NFL and reinstated Brady the line on this game moved dramatically as odds makers much like most of the viewing public outside of Pennsylvania are expecting the Pats to lay a beat down and make a statement to the league. New England did lose Shane Vereen but their offense is loaded once again and as long as Brady has a healthy Rob Gronkowski they will be more than suited to beat any opponent and with the circumstances being what they are in this one I think all signs point to a strong debut from the Pats. I do like the Steelers this year but without Bell here and now Martavis Bryant being sidelined as well I think the Pats can zone in on Brown and limit his production and while a touchdown is an ambitious line here I don't see any other way to go as the Pats should win by double digits.