Steelers Patriots Week 8 Betting Preview
The Steelers look dangerous again after consecutive wins but they run into a Patriots team that has been dominant after its bye week in recent seasons.
The Patriots have won and covered six in a row on the road after a bye and they are small favorites here in Steeltown. The best OVER number late Saturday was at BetOnline at 52, -110.
Oddsmakers opened the Steelers as 1.5-point underdogs in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 52.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Steelers) and the No. 10 (Patriots) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 31-27 result in favor of the Patriots is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 21.6 PPG, against a Patriots defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 22.5 PPG. The Steelers aerial game is averaging 265.4 yards per game, less than the Patriots secondary allows through the air, 322.2 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Patriots feature the league's No. 16-rated road run defense, allowing 112.3 yards per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks No. 4 in rushing offense at home.
The Patriots were a 20-16 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cowboys. They failed to cover the 6.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (36) made winners of UNDER bettors. Tom Brady passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game in leading the Patriots past Dallas 20-16 on Sunday.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 32-20 winner on the road against the Cardinals. They covered the 4–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Ben Roethlisberger in defeating the Cardinals 32-20.
New England Patriots Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 9-1
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 7-3
A few Patriots at Steelers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New England's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
New England is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
New England is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against New England
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing New England
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
New England home to NY Giants, Sunday, November 6
Pittsburgh home to Baltimore, Sunday, November 6