New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 9/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 7:20 PM (Gillette Stadium)
New England Patriots: -6 (-110.01) / Pittsburgh Steelers: +6 (-110.01)
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots meet in a marquee matchup in week 1 NFL action on Sunday Night Football from Gillette Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to start the season on a high note after suffering their first loss of the preseason last time out, with a 25-19 loss to Carolina, finishing the preseason at 3-1. Mason Rudolph threw for 125 yards and a touchdown on 7 of 11 passing while Devlin Hodges threw for 73 yards and an interception on 10 of 20 passing. Benny Snell Jr. led the abysmal Steeler ground attack with 12 rushing yards as 5 Pittsburgh ball carriers combined for just 18 rushing yards on 14 carries. Johnny Holton led the Steelers with 3 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, Pittsburgh’s lone offensive touchdown in the loss. The Steelers defense made up for the offense’s shortcomings, combining for 6 sacks, a pair of interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, one of which Jayrone Elliott returned 88 yards for a touchdown. Devin Bush led Pittsburgh with 5 tackles as well in the win.
The New England Patriots will also look to bounce back from their first loss of the preseason, coming in the form of a 31-29 loss to the New York Giants in their last outing. Jarrett Stidham threw for 225 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception on 18 of 28 passing while also rushing for 50 yards. Nick Brossette had 62 rushing yards and a touchdown while Demaryius Thomas led the Pats with 7 grabs for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, Scooby Wright III had a pair of sacks while Deatrich Wise Jr had a sack and Duke Dawson and Keion Crossen each had an interception with Crossen leading New England with a whopping 10 tackles in the losing effort.
Pittsburgh is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 week one matchups and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the AFC while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 games on turf. New England is 39-16-2 ATS in their last 57 home games and 40-17 ATS in their last 57 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games on turf. Pittsburgh is 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings between these two teams and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in New England.
Points with Pittsburgh is tempting as this is a marquee game and guys tend to pull out their biggest efforts when the lights are bright and the cameras are on. The lights will be extra bright with this being New England’s latest Super Bowl banner ceremony, which can tend to be a distraction for some guys. However, while both are given the unenviable task of replacing major star power like Antonio Brown for Pittsburgh and Rob Gronkowski for New England, I feel that New England simply has greater depth as it always seems to be the next guy up mentality for the Patriots. Pittsburgh just has a lot going on behind the scenes and I just feel that New England is better prepared for this one, so I’ll lay the points as I feel New England wins this one by at least a touchdown.