Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots, AFC week 1. The Patriots begin another season with the same goal last year. For now the strategy will be the same for the Pats this season. The changes that Bill Belichick makes this season will be notable in the first game. The Pats are defending champions, they play at home and want to start the season winning. The challenge is tough, but the Steelers have played well in the last 3 years.
New England Patriots: We know how things are done.
The Patriots last season were champions, the team won the division and the conference. 11-5-0 overall, including a spectacular game against the Chiefs 37-31. Another important fact about last season was that the Patriots did not lose at home. 9-0-0 including the playoff game against the Chargers. The last game at home was against the Chargers 41-28. Against the Steelers, the home team lost a game last season on the road 10-17.
At home the Patriots are scoring an average 27.7 points per game, 31.2 rushes with 132.7 rush yards, 24.4 complete passes with 273.8 pass yards. The first half at home is the best for the Patriots with 15.6 points on average. The defense allows up to 20.4 points per game.
Tom Brady, another season looking for the super bowl. Last season was something special for him. 375 complete passes, 4355 yards, 65.79%, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Last year it had a start similar to 2007, 2-1 in the first three weeks. Brady’s problem, like all seasons, is the criticism of playing with short passes.
Pittsburgh Steelers: It’s not easy to win.
The Steelers last season could barely have a positive record on the road with 4-3-1. The last three games were defeats against Broncos, Raiders and Saints. In addition, the first game last season on the road was a draw against the Browns 21-21. The last game against the Patriots was a victory in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers have not won on the road against the Patriots since November 30, 2008.
On the road the Steelers are scoring an average of 23.5 points per game, 21.1 rushes with 83.5 rush yards, 30.6 complete passes with 339 pass yards. The first half is usually the best for the Steelers with 12.9 points on average. The defense allows up to 22.5 points and 227.4 pass yards.
Ben Roethlisberger closed last season with positive numbers, 9-6-1. At home in eight games the record was 5-3 for Roethlisberger. 66.96% passes, 452 complete passes, 34 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 5129 yards.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots 09/08/2019 is: take the New England Patriots -5.5 (spread).
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