Above all there are not enough superlatives to describe the New England Patriots. Six Super Bowl championships with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady say enough. Four of the last five seasons have seen New England in the Super Bowl. Three times did the Patriots hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. By contrast the Pittsburgh Steelers have been in an NFL betting rut. Since winning the Super Bowl in 2008 they have had but one repeat appearance. Last year’s 9-6-1 record was not even good enough for the post season. Cause by that is a restless fan base in the Steel City.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
Date and Time: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
NFL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Steelers||+6 (-110)||51½ (-110)|
|Patriots||-6 (-110)||51½ (-110)|
Steelers vs. Patriots TV Coverage: NBC
Patriots vs. Steelers Overview
Now the week one Sunday Night matchup between Pittsburgh and New England has it all. For a generation they have set the standard of consistency in the AFC. However, the Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin are at a critical juncture. Frustration has been mounting at Pittsburgh’s lack of NFL betting reliability. The window for 37-year-old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is closing fast. Consistent with that was the NFL’s 31st ranked rushing attack last year. Le’Veon Bell held out all year. Subsequently Bell moved on to the Jets. Of great concern is who will carry the mail in 2019.
Hoodie Cracks the Code
A clear difference exists between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and everyone else. Belichick has the six Super Bowl titles. Additionally, he has posted nine AFC titles. More emphatically he has done this in a league that engineered rules to prevent such dominance. Players have come and gone. Belichick has been masterful at plugging in the right parts. Accordingly, there has been only one constant. Quarterback Tom Brady. Belichick has overcome the challenges of free agency and a revolving door roster. By contrast not even Vince Lombardi encountered the challenges that The Hoodie has mastered.
Equally important to Belichick is Brady. The 41-year-old quarterback has formed the most successful coach and quarterback partnership in history. On the whole it can be argued that Brady is the greatest online gambling player asset in NFL history. Specifically, Brady and Belichick will be first ballot Hall of Fame choices when they finally retire.
Pittsburgh and New England ATS Stats
Despite their recent woes Pittsburgh has lost only two of their last nine games as road dogs. Five of their last eight in that role went under the total. However New England has paid in 13 of their last 16 as home chalks. Four of their last five in that situation went under the total. For all that the Steelers have covered just one of their last six games at New England.
Matchup to Watch
On this occasion the defending champion Patriots open the season at home in the national spotlight. As mentioned earlier they have a strong home field NFL betting Matchup advantage. Correspondingly the Steelers record at New England does not inspire confidence.
Steelers vs. Patriots NFL Betting Odds Pick
In sum New England makes for an attractive pick in this opener!
Steelers vs. Patriots NFL Betting Online Pick: New England Patriots
Steelers vs. Patriots NFL Betting Online Score Prediction: Patriots 31, Steelers 20
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