The New England Patriots will have Tom Brady under center as they try to cover the spread for the third straight time dating back to last year's Super Bowl run when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL season opener on Thursday.
The defending champion Patriots will have reigning Super Bowl MVP Brady in uniform after he won his appeal to remove a four-game suspension issued by the league for his role in the Deflategate scandal.
New England has enjoyed a lot of success in this series with a 9-3 record against the number in the past 12 meetings with the Steelers, who will be without running back Le'Veon Bell after he was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
With Bell out, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be counted on even more to help his team cover for the fifth time in six games overall, coming off a career year that saw him throw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Supporters of the Pittsburgh Steelers have seen them go 11-6 and 9-8 ATS so far this season, while the New England Patriots are at 15-4 and 11-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Patriots are 11-8, while the Steelers are 9-7-1.