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Patriots vs. Steelers Betting odds and Preview - NFL Conference

After this weekend’s online football betting action concluded, Super Bowl betting fans know exactly which two teams will compete to win the AFC title. This upcoming Sunday, the New England Patriots will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers to determine who gets to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl. The Steelers will be coming off their narrow 18-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off their dominant 34-16 routing of the Houston Texans. Since New England is the higher ranked seed they are likely to come in as the sportsbook favorites. Either way, let’s double check the odds to see who the bookies think is most deserving of your bet on NFL playoff games.


New England Patriots -6 (-105) 50 (-110) -260
Pittsburgh Steelers +6 (-115) 50 (-110) +210

As was to be expected, the bookies think your bet on NFL games should go towards the Pats. New England turned in a 14-2 season and one of those losses happened while Tom Brady was suspended. The other team to defeat the Patriots this season was Seattle, so New England will not have to worry about facing them again.

Interestingly enough, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team without a player at the forefront of the MVP discussion. New England has Tom Brady, who despite missing 4 games due to suspension was still able to deliver uncanny numbers. The Atlanta Falcons have Matt Ryan, one of the few MVP candidates that delivered 16 solid weeks of football. Lastly, the Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers, a former two-time MVP and arguably the hottest player in the playoffs. But Pittsburgh’s players have all failed to produce enough results to be in the conversation for one of the most prestigious individual awards available to NFL players. Le’Veon Bell might have been able to do it, had he not been suspended for the first 4 games.

If the MVP-less Steelers are looking to deliver an online football betting upset they will have to focus on disrupting New England’s offense, which includes stopping their running game as well as throwing one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history off his game. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh has the pass rush to get the job done, and their 13th ranked run defense should match up well enough against New England’s 7th ranked rushing offense.

While Dick LeBeau and the Steelers’ defense might be able to slow down New England’s offense, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be able to stop them. In other words, Pittsburgh’s offense needs to have better results than they did against the Chiefs. 4 quarters of field goals isn’t going to get the job done against Tom Brady in Foxborough, so the pressure will be on the Steelers’ offense to put some points on the board. Those who bet on NFL games know Pittsburgh has enough playmakers to accomplish the task (Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown) so there’s no doubt the game will ultimately be decided by which team makes more plays.