Every sportsbook has taken the odds for the 2015 NFL season opener off the board in wake of Deflategate. Let’s hope for a quick resolution so we can get a look at the spread. For those of you who are eager for week 1 of the 2015 NFL season to kick-off in New England where the Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers keep reading for my in-depth analysis.
But before we get there ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Brady may be open to a reduced suspension, but only for his failure to fully comply in the league’s investigation. The NFL wouldn’t play ball and both sides went to court today.
Fresh out of court, Judge Berman still pushing for settlement. Says sides scheduled to appear back in court Aug. 31 if not settled.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2015
If a settlement isn't reached, Berman said he'll rule on #deflategate before Sept. 4.
— Stephen Brown (@PPVSRB) August 19, 2015
A Closer Look At The Pittsburgh Steelers Vs New England Patriots NFL Week 1 Early Betting Odds & Analysis
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: Foxboro, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Odds: Pending on #Deflategate resolution
Game Total: Pending on #Deflategate resolution
Radio: Pittsburgh vs New England
Analysis: The New England Patriots may be the league’s defending Super Bowl champions, but will they be the favorites to beat a very good Pittsburgh Steelers team in a regular season opener?
Not only did the Steelers win the super-competitive AFC North last season, but they also finished the regular season ranked a stellar second in total offense (411.1 ypg) and an equally impressive second in passing (301.6 ypg).
Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had one of his best seasons ever in tying Drew Brees for the league passing title with 4,952 yards while tossing 32 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown led the NFL in catches and receiving yards with a whopping 129 grabs for 1, 698 yards while also finishing third in touchdowns behind Marshawn Lynch (17) and Dez Bryant (16) with 14 scores.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 19, 2015
Best of all, Pittsburgh got an absolutely jaw-dropping campaign from gifted running back Le’Veon Bell as the second-year superstar finishing second to DeMarco Murray in rushing with 1,361 yards while topping the 2,000-yard plateau in total yards from scrimmage.
While Bell will miss this contest because of violating the league’s substance abuse policy, I’m also not expecting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play in this opener with his status still up in the air because of the Deflategate saga that just won’t go away.
Whether Brady plays or not, I just don’t see New England winning this Week 1 opener by the seven points it would take to cover the surprising 6-point NFL betting line.
While the Pats will score the ball as usual once Brady gets back under center, I so expect New England to take a slight step backwards defensively because of the losses of key veterans like Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork.
Pittsburgh is 6-4 SU and ATS in its last 10 road games and 3-0 SU over their last three road games. I think it’s quite possible that Pittsburgh could win this game outright, making the Steelers the pick to cover the spread in this NFL regular season opener,
Unless Brady’s suspension is vacated in the next 5 days, I am backing the distraction-free Steelers to win