New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Predictions

Patriots vs Steelers 12-17-17
Prop Bet & Game Predictions

When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 17, 2017
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: CBS
Betting Line: Patriots -3
Total: 54
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New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Game Betting Preview

The No. 1 and 2 teams in the AFC go head-to-head on Sunday. Pittsburgh, clinched the AFC North title last week and have won eight consecutive while the Patriots are coming off a Monday night loss where they were double digit favorites. The Patriots have won four in a row against Pittsburgh, including a 36-17 victory in last season’s AFC Championship Game in New England.

The Patriots (10-3) were 0-for-11 on third down and Tom Brady threw multiple interceptions for the first time this season while completing only 55.8 percent of his passes in the 27-20 loss at Miami. The Patriots running backs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead combined for 25 yards rushing yards on 10 carries. The Patriots had not allowed more than 17 points during its eight-game winning streak before Miami put up 27.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in league history with three 500-yard games. He had to have a big day as he rallied Pittsburgh from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit for the second straight week in Sunday’s 39-38 win over Baltimore. At running back Bell leads the NFL with 1,105 yards rushing. Wide receiver Antonio Brown has scored six times in the past four games and had 11 catches for 213 yards against the Ravens. He leads the NFL with 99 receptions for 1,509 yards. On defense however, the Steelers have shown they can be burned and allowed 413 yards to a Baltimore offense ranked among the league’s bottom quarter.

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends

New England Patriots Betting Trends

New England is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
New England is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New England’s last 9 games
New England is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
New England is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New England’s last 6 games on the road
New England is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh
New England is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New England’s last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh
New England is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
New England is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends

Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New England
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing New England
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh’s last 13 games when playing New England

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Player Prop Bet Preview

New England Patriots

Tom Brady had a bad game against Miami but he has a good matchup against a Steelers defense that has allowed 278 passing yards and 8.2 yards per pass attempt over the last four weeks. The Patriots use several running backs so it is always difficult to gage who will get the touches. Rex Burkhead had just five carries for eight yards on Monday against the Dolphins. But, he and Dion Lewis will both be needed as pass receivers in a game that could have both quarterbacks over 300 yards in passing. How much did the absence of Rob Gronkowski have last week? A lot. The offense just could not stay on the field and they really needed him to pick up first downs and control the clock. At wide receiver Brandin Cooks has the upside to get big yardage, Chris Hogan is in a good matchup to get over 70 receiving yards. This is a game that the Patriots skill players should excel in. They have the talent and will need not only to get a lead but to keep putting up points to stop a Steelers comeback for the third week in a row. T

Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lit up Baltimore’s depleted secondary for over 500 passing yards last week. This week he will be going against a top offense so there will be no let up in trying to score more points no matter how big the lead is. At running back Le’Veon Bell caught nine passes for 77 yards and a score to showoff just how good of an all around back he is. The Patriots rank last in DVOA against the run this year and they are allowing a league worst 5.0 yards per carry. Will the Steelers run enough for Bell to get his yards? Run or pass he will get his touches and will be well over 100 combined yards. If Bell wasn’t enough now you add in perhaps the best player in the AFC in wide receiver Antonio Brown and this becomes the most top skill players on the field at one time this season. He has over 100 receiving yards in four straight and he has six touchdowns in those four games. It should be no surprise that he leads the league with 160 targets. The beneficiary of all of that other talent is WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. He is back from his one game suspension and becomes a good target for receptions against the Patriots. The Steelers also have a decent receiving tight end in Jesse James and all he did last week was get ten catches for 97 yards on his 12 targets. The only thing slowing down the players yardage totals in this game is that there is only one ball.

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers game predictions

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the best record in the AFC and are at home. You would think they would be favored but the Patriots are 3 point chalk today. They shouldn’t be. The Steelers do have problems on defense but so do the Patriots and both offenses will be able to move the ball. If we learned anything about Pittsburgh it is that with the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver combo in the league this team is never out of it. Both teams will need to keep scoring no matter how big the lead is and I really like two bets. The dog and the over.

Patriots vs Steelers Pick: Steelers +3 & Over 54
Score Prediction:
Steelers 34 – Patriots 27

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Player Prop Bet Predictions & Odds

Total Receiving Yards – Danny Amendola (NE) 35½ -125 Over
Total Receiving Yards – Le’Veon Bell (PIT) 45½ -125 Over
Total Receiving Yards – Jesse James (PIT) 25½ -125 Over
Total Receiving Yards – Antonio Brown (PIT) 105½ -125 Over
Total Rushing Yards – Dion Lewis (NE) 55½ -105 Under
Total Rushing Yards – Le’Veon Bell (PIT) 85½ -125 Over
Total Passing Yards – Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) 299½ -125 Over
Total Receiving Yards – Chris Hogan (NE) 55½ -125 Over
Total Receiving Yards – Brandin Cooks (NE) 70½ -125 Over
Total Receptions – Rob Gronkowski (NE) 5 -135 Over
Total Passing Yards – Tom Brady (NE) 314½ -125 Over
Total Interceptions Thrown – Tom Brady (NE) ½ -105 Over

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