New England Patriots (9-4) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)Date : 12/16/2018
Time : 4:25 pm EST
Location : Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The New England Patriots will travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 Eastern Standard Time. The Patriots halted a two game losing streak on the road as they fell by a 34-33 score to division rival, Miami Dolphins, on a last-second Ryan Tannehill 69 yard touchdown pass to Kenyan Drake as the Dolphins sealed the victory on a night where Tannehill threw three touchdown passes, total.
The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their slide as they lost on the road to the Oakland Raiders by a 24 – 21 score as the Steelers were all set to pick up a 24-17 victory when Derek Carr found Derek Carrier in the end zone for a 6 yard pass to seal the victory with only 21 seconds remaining in the game. The Patriots have fared well against the spread at Heinz Field in their last six meetings with Pittsburgh as they are 5-1 during this time.
New England Patriots 's Latest Performance :
The New England Patriots, on the other hand, will be looking to get back on the field after a heartbreaking loss to their division rival in the Miami Dolphins last weekend as a 70-yard Ryan Tannehill pass proved to be the clincher as Kenyan Drake scampered for the touchdown in which two give the home team a huge victory in an AFC East showdown. In this outing, Tom Brady threw for 358 yards along with three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, who led the team with 107 yards receiving on the day, along with Julian Edelman and Cordarrelle Patterson as the visitors put up over 400 yards for the contest. Also, Sony Michel ended the game with 57 rushes on 20 attempts as New England also went 3-6 for the contest inside the red zone.
On the other hand, for a defense for New England that has been middle-of-the-road in stopping the run while ranking 16th in the league, the Patriots allowed 189 yards to a Miami Dolphins rushing game that has been dismal all season long while Ryan Tannehill ended the game with three touchdowns, as stated, along with 269 yards as he carved up a New England past secondary that allows an average of 260 yards per game. Nonetheless, the New England defense racked up five sacks for the night as the Dolphins only possessed the ball for a tad over 24 minutes for the game.
In all, New England will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track while atoning for their errors to end last week’s contest versus the Dolphins With that being said, look for the Patriots to bring the focus and intensity in this matchup as they have indeed had much experience and success against the spread while playing at Heinz Field in the past.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Latest Performance :
Despite having a solid season in 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers are enduring a rough three-game stretch as they are winless during this time while their defense is allowing 29 points per outing. The offense, on the other hand, is putting up an average of 21 points during this time as well as they were 3 point road losers to the struggling Oakland Raiders in their last time out as the Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed Oakland to score 14 points in the fourth quarter thanks to two Derek Carr touchdowns passes en route to the heartbreaking loss. Neither team put up many yards on the ground as the Steelers only had 40 rushing yards on the night with Jaylen Samuels leading the team with 28 yards on the day while Juju Smith Schuster had a great night receiving as he finished with two touchdowns along with 130 yards on 8 catches. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 282 yards along with two touchdown passes in defeat for Pittsburgh, who remains in the top spot within the AFC North as they are only up one game over at the Baltimore Ravens.
With that being said, look for the Steelers to come out focused and intense in this matchup as they are certainly dropping opportunities left and right in which to create some space between the rest of the teams within the division.
How New England Patriots & Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
New England is 8 – 5 ATS while the OU is 5-8
Pittsburgh is 6 – 6 – 1 ATS while the OU is 7 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game as both teams will be coming off heartbreaking losses in their last outings. As stated, New England has done well against the spread while playing at Heinz Field in the past and will certainly be looking to continue its solid play this weekend. On the other hand, Pittsburgh has a top-ranked passing attack with Smith-Schuster along with Antonio Brown, as they will be looking to step up this the area of their offense versus a New England defense that struggles defending the pass, at times. In all, this will certainly be an interesting game where both teams will be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to pick up a much-needed victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: New England Patriots - 1.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Patriots in this matchup as I happen to feel that they will make critical plays down the stretch in pulling out a hard-fought victory in the end. Ben Roethlisberger has hit the injury list with a rib ailment yet is probable for this contest while James Conner continues to be questionable with a foot injury for Pittsburgh. With that being the case, look for the Patriots to utilize their rushing game, first and foremost, versus a Pittsburgh team that has struggled in this area, while also utilizing Brady and his dangerous passing attack throughout the game in which to take advantage of a Pittsburgh Steelers pass secondary that ranks 12th in the league in allowing 234 yards per game.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 52
My reason for the prediction :
With both defenses being a bit shaky, I will back the over in this contest as I certainly see Brady and Roethlisberger having solid nights vs defensive units that have struggled in both defending the pass and the run as of late. With that being the case, look for the over to be the strong play in this matchup as this game will be a back and forth, competitive affair to where the offenses will shine due to both teams’ inability to play team defense with any type of consistency.
Betting trends for New England Patriots :
- Under is 4-0 in Patriots last 4 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Under is 5-0 in Patriots last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 15.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers:
- Over is 4-0 in Steelers last 4 home games.
Steelers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. AFC.
Steelers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.