Tom Brady and the New England Patriots begin the defense of their Super Bowl 49 championship when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener. The Patriots are the last team to successfully defend a Super Bowl title after winning back-to-back Vince Lombardy trophies in 2003 and 2004.
The NFL Week 1 betting odds have the visiting Steelers are a one touchdown underdog against the Patriots. The game total is 54. The game kicks off on NBC this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 at 8:30 PM. Cord-cutters can stream the game at NBCsports.com.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 3, 2015
Steelers V Patriots Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh Steelers 9-8 All Games since last season
- New England Patriots 11-8 All Games since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 4-4 On Road since last season
- New England Patriots 6-4 At Home since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 4-2 As Underdog or PK since last season
- New England Patriots 7-7 As Favorite since last season
- Pittsburgh Steelers 0-0 When Line was 49.5 to 52.5 since last season
- New England Patriots 4-2 When Line was 49.5 to 52.5 since last season
- New England Patriots 7-3 O-U At Home since last season*
- Pittsburgh Steelers 2-1 O-U When Line is >48 since last season*
- New England Patriots 4-3 O-U When Line is >48 since last season*
- New England Patriots 2-1 O-U When Line was 49.5 to 52.5 since last season*
- Pittsburgh Steelers 2-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging >25 PPG since last season*
- New England Patriots 7-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging >25 PPG since last season*
An In-Depth Look At The Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots NFL Week 1 Online Betting Line, My Free Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: Pittburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Foxborough, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Spread: Patriots -6
Game Total: 54
The last time these two teams met was way back in 2013 where the Patriots were 6-point home favorites. New England obliterated the Steelers 55-31. QB Tom Brady threw for a then season-high 432 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions for the win. Ben Roethlisberger countered with 400 yards, four touchdowns and two INTs.
Brady has a career record of 5-2 against the Steelers in regular season NFL betting action. He has thrown for 18 TDs thrown and a paltry three interceptions. Big Ben is 3-4 against the Patriots in regular season games, with 16 TDs thrown and five interceptions.
Last season Tom Brady (4019 Yards, 33 TDs, 9 INTS) averaged 258 yards per game. The Pats air attack ranked 9th in the league. Brady’s top target was TE Rob Gronkowski (82 rec, 1124 yards, 12 TDs) and that will continue even after WR Brandon LaFell’s emergence as a top deep ball threat.
New England’s RBBC ranked 18th in the league with 107.9 points per game. The carries were split between Jonas Gray (412 yards, 5 TDs), Shane Vereen (391 yards, 2 TDs), Stevan Ridley (340 yards 2 TDs) and LeGarrette Blount (281 yards, 3 TDs).
|New England Patriots|
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Tom Brady (4109 yds, 33 TDs, 9 INTs)||LB Jamie Collins (116 tackles)|
|RB Jonas Gray (412 yds, 5 TDs)||CB Devin McCourty (2 INTs)|
|TE Rob Gronkowski (1124 yds, 12 TDs)||DE Rob Ninkovich (8.0 sacks)|
In 2014, the Steelers offense finally overtook their defense as the reason Pittsburgh can make a Super Bowl run. Big Ben (4952 yards, 32 TDs, and 9 INTs) and the pass offense averaged 302 yards per game which was good enough to rank the pass attach 2nd.
The rush attach, which was missing from this team since the departure of Jerome Bettis, blossomed with stud RB Le’Veon Bell (1361 yards 8 TDs). Bell will be unavailable in this game due to a two game suspension.
It was also a big year for WR Antonio Brown who led all receivers in the NFL with 1698 yards & 13 TDs. The Steelers were hoping that the development of WR Martavis Bryant would spread out opposing defenders making it impossible to cover every weapon on this roster. But he is suspended for the first month of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Brown looks like Big Ben’s only option in the opening game.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 7, 2015
The Patriots defense ranked 17th against the pass (240 yards per game) last season, 9th against the run (104.3 yards per game) and 13th in takeaways (25). The Steelers were 27th at defending the pass (253 yards per game), 6th stopping the run (100.3 yards per game), but 23rd in takeaways with 21.
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Ben Roethlisberger (4952 yds, 32 TDs, 9 INTs)||LB Lawrence Timmons (132 tackles)|
|RB Le’Veon Bell (1361 yds, 8 TDs)||CB William Gay (3 INTs)|
|WR Antonio Brown (1698 yds, 13 TDs)||DE Cameron Heyward (7.5 sacks)|
New England was 9-7 against the spread last season, 5-3 against the spread at home, and 5-6 when playing as a favorite, 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games as a home favorite, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games on fieldturf. Nine of their 16 games went OVER the game total.
Pittsburgh was also 9-7 against the spread, 4-4 away from home and 3-2 as an underdog, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
Nine of their 16 games in 2014 were OVER the game total.
The Patriots have won and covered the spread in five of their last seven meetings against the Steelers. The last time Pittsburgh won in New England was in 2008; they have lost three of the last four trips to Foxborough.
I am picking the Steelers at +7 to bet on in this game. 53% of the betting public does NOT agree with me. They are backing the Patriots. M
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Pittsburgh: Le`Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant.
- New England: LeGarrette Blount, Brandon LaFell, Alan Branch.
*On the Under