In view of their long-term success and past matchups for high stakes Pittsburgh and New England have built a great rivalry. In fact, the Steelers and Patriots matchups are among the best and most anticipated in all of Pro Football betting. Certainly, New England has had the more recent championship success but Pittsburgh has been in the thick of the hunt during that time. Of major concern for the Steelers is their maddening inconsistency. To be exact gamblers have a hard time putting full faith into Pittsburgh. Meanwhile New England was stunned at Miami last week.
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Date and Time: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pro Football betting odds at SBG:
|Patriots||-1½ (-115)||52½ (-110)|
|Steelers||+1½ (-105)||52½ (-110)|
Patriots vs. Steelers TV Coverage: Check Listings
New England Patriots
Last week the Patriots suffered a rare 33-34 Football betting loss at Miami. Fashion the Dolphins getting a 69-yard touchdown pass at the gun to win the game. If it were any other team disaster would likely loom. But New England has proven resiliency and should recover. On the whole the Patriots are 9-4 straight up, 8-5 vs. the odds, and 5-8 under the total. The outcome is first place by two games in the AFC East. To sum up New England ranks fifth in the NFL for offense and 12th for points allowed.
In the same way Pittsburgh is coming off a terrible and costly 24-21 loss at Oakland. In this situation the Steel City is again in an uproar. After all the Steelers have lost three in a row. Because of this their sports betting record is 7-5-1 straight up, 6-5-1 vs. the spread and 7-6 over the total. Baltimore is now just a half game behind the Steelers in the AFC North. In spite of the loss Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL for scoring offense and seventh for defense.
Stats to Consider
New England has been above water on the road in recent action. To begin with the Patriots have covered six of their last ten games away from home. Seven of their last nine away games have gone under the total. Along the same lines the Steelers have not been profitable at home. Pittsburgh has lost eight of their last 11 games on the board at Heinz Field. Seven of their last eight home matchups have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
New England has had the payout window under lock and key against the Steelers. Consider that Pittsburgh has paid in just three of their last 16 games with the Patriots. Three of the last four between these teams went under the total. Extending that success is New England’s record of eight payouts in their last 10 games at Pittsburgh. The last three meetings in this series at Heinz Field went under the total.
Matchup to Watch
Regardless of their stupefying loss the Patriots have the matchup advantage here. As mentioned earlier New England owns this head to head Football betting series. On this occasion the Steelers recent slump reminds all of what so disgusted them in September with their bad start. Furthermore, it brings to mind their playoff debacle last year.
Patriots vs. Steelers Football Betting Picks
Owing to poor recent play by Pittsburgh makes New England the call!
Patriots vs. Steelers Football Betting Pick: New England Patriots
Patriots vs. Steelers Football Betting Score Prediction: Patriots 24, Steelers 17
Catch highlights of the Steelers loss at Oakland last week!