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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots NFL Predictions

We have Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots NFL Predictions for the Week 1 game at Gillette Stadium.

The biggest game on the NFL Week 1 schedule is surely the Sunday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.

Game time is scheduled for 8:20 EST on September 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. At home, the Patriots are favored by 5.5 points with an over/under of 51 points.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Form

Pittsburgh enters this season is somewhat unfamiliar territory. Going 9-6-1 last year wasn’t enough to reach the NFL playoffs, snapping a run of four straight postseason appearances.

Not only are the Steelers contending with the Ravens for NFC North supremacy, but the Browns are also expected to be involved, and so losing the season opener could put them behind the 8-ball early in the year.

It’s also a new era of sorts in Pittsburgh, at least on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, Ben Roethlisberger is still around, but Le’Veon Bell is officially gone after holding out last year and Antonio Brown was traded during the offseason.

The Steelers have JuJu Smith-Schuster to take over for Brown as the team’s no. 1 receiver, but they’re not yet sure who will step into the no. 2 spot where Smith-Schuster did so much damage last season.

On the bright side, James Conner looked like a more than competent replacement for Bell last season. The only caveat is that he missed some time due to injury, so they’ll also need young running backs Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell to help fill the void.

On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh hopes that Mark Barron and rookie Devin Bush can finally fill the giant hole left by Ryan Shazier’s injury.

The Steelers are still strong upfront, so if they can get consistent play from their inside linebackers, it’ll put outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Depree in a good position to get after the quarterback.

The Steelers are also hopeful that some of their upgrades in the secondary will pay off and prevent that unit from being a liability.

New England Patriots Form

Once again, the Patriots open a season as the defending Super Bowl champs. For what it’s worth, the Patriots were only 11-5 last year.

It was their lowest win total since 2008, which was the year they spent without Brady. That could indicate some vulnerability this year, even if they still went on to win the Super Bowl.

It’s also worth noting that New England hasn’t won back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2003-2004 seasons. But that may only serve as motivation for Brady and company.

Speaking of Brady, things could be a little different for him this year without Rob Gronkowski as his security blanket. The Patriots have survived without Gronkowski in the past, but he will still be missed.

New England will rely on Phillip Dorsett and the enigmatic Josh Gordon to be downfield threats to complement their use of Julian Edelman on short routes.

Of course, the Patriots should be able to lean on running back Sony Michel, who had a promising rookie season. There’s also James White, who figures to be a big part of the offense in New England.

Defensively, the Patriots face some questions. While they came on strong late in the season, New England was particularly consistent on that side of the ball.

Defensive play-caller Brian Flores also left to become the head coach of the Dolphins, which could be a setback. On the bright side, the back-7 has plenty of continuity personnel-wise, which should help.

However, questions remain about New England’s pass rush after Trey Flowers left in free agency. Without a viable pass rush, the secondary could become vulnerable despite plenty of experience.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots head-to-head

While these two aren’t division rivals, there is a certain disdain between them, as they are usually among the top teams in the AFC.

They met late last season with the Steelers pulling off a 17-10 win at home with their backs up against the wall. However, the Patriots had won five head-to-head meetings with the Steelers in a row prior to that, including the 2016 AFC Championship Game.

The Steelers haven’t won a game in New England since the 2008 season, which was the year Tom Brady missed due to injury, giving the Patriots a significant advantage in this matchup, at least historically.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots Betting Trends

  • Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 on fieldturf.
  • Patriots are 40-17 ATS in their last 57 overall.
  • Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
  • Steelers are 5-13 ATS in thier last 18 games vs. New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots NFL Predictions

To be frank, anything is possible in this game. Both teams will view themselves as contenders in the AFC and will want to make a statement in Week 1.

It’s tough to go against the Patriots, especially at home, but the Steelers have something to prove.

Even if they don’t get the win, they’ll keep it close enough to beat the 5.5-point spread.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots NFL Predictions: Steelers +5.5 (-105) @ BetOnline

Bryan Zarpentine
Bryan Zarpentine
Bryan Zarpentine is a freelance writer and editor who has a ridiculous amount of sports-related content published all over the Internet, ranging from football to baseball to soccer, and beyond. He is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and makes his home in Upstate New York.

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