The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New England Patriots in a Sunday late afternoon matchup. The Patriots are 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS, while the Steelers are 2-5 SU and ATS.
Ben Roethlisberger the star quarterback for Pittsburgh has called this game a must win for his team. However, to accomplish that their quarterback must step up, as he has played mediocre over his past four games.
Last week he posted a 70.1 passing rating, which was his lowest of the season with two interceptions. In the first 7 games of the season, Big Ben has 7 picks compared to only 8 all of last season.
Tom Brady, the starting quarterback for New England has also struggled. He has hit only 52% of his passes the past four games for just 810 yards, with two touchdowns. However, it should be noted that Brady has had a lack of a talented and experienced receiving corps nearly all season.
The Pats also lost Sebastian Vollmer their starting right tackle to a leg injury for the remainder of the season. Marcus Cannon will replace Vollmer, but has only started one game in his career.
The line on Bovada and topbet has New England favored by 6 points with the point total on 44. The Patriots opened at -7 on most books including betonline, but it was bet down to its current -6 for New England.
Pittsburgh is 3-8 ATS over their past 11 games and over their past 20 are 6-13-1 ATS.
New England is 5-1 ATS over their past six games in November and 5-2 ATS over their past seven games at home
The UNDER has cashed out in all of the last seven games for Pittsburgh against opponents from the AFC. The UNDER has gone 4-1 in the past five games New England has played at home.
New England is 9-3 ATS in its past 12 games versus Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh’s defense has played well this season. The D is No. 2 versus the pass allowing just 181 yards a game and No. 4 in overall yards allowed at 303 per game.
Offensively Pittsburgh has struggled with only 18 points per game scoring which is No. 28 in the league.
The running attack has sputtered most of the season. However, it could find room to run against the Patriots who are giving up more than 130 yards each game on the ground.
Pick: Patriots 20-13