New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Betting Odds
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Week 15 of the 2017 NFL betting season is filled to the brim with enticing matchups. Without a doubt, this is one of the best weekends to place some football special bets. Furthermore, this Sunday’s New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers AFC pairing has to be one of the best matchups to bet on. Let’s take a gander at what NFL sportsbooks are predicting for this Week 15 matchup.
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, Dec. 17th
When: 4:25 pm ET
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stream: CBS Sports, NFL Game Pass
NFL Betting Lines:
New England Patriots -3 (-105) 53 (-110)
Pittsburgh Steelers +3 (-115) 53 (-110)
New England Patriots
The Pats enter this AFC matchup with a 10-3 record that ranks New England 1st in the AFC East. As has been noted the Patriots are the perennial leaders of the AFC East and seeing them at the top of the division comes as no surprise. The nearest NFL betting threat the Pats are currently facing is the 7-6 Buffalo Bills. Considering that the Pats already beat Buffalo once this season, it’s safe to say that New England isn’t exactly breaking a sweat. However, considering that the Pats recently suffered a 20-27 loss to the Jay Cutler, the franchise needs to buckle down in order to ensure that the road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough.
All things considered, this is a tough matchup to predict. Both teams are pretty evenly matched and ultimately it will come down to who makes more plays this Sunday. Ergo, betting on the spread or totals line is a better option than picking either team straight up. The Patriots are 8-5 against the spread while the Steelers are 6-7.
The Steelers enter this matchup with an 11-2 record that ranks Pittsburgh 2nd in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens are the Steelers’ nearest threat, but at 7-6 Baltimore isn’t much of a menace. It’s important to realize that Pittsburgh enters this matchup riding an 8-game win streak that stretches back to October. During that time, the Steelers defeated the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Baltimore Ravens, so they’ve been beating some pretty talented teams. However, there’s no question that New England represents the biggest challenge the Steelers will face the season. Furthermore, the fact that these two will likely face each other in the playoffs makes this matchup even more enticing. So which team has a statistical advantage this NFL sportsbook betting Sunday?
Without doubt, the numbers are favoring the Patriots. Nevertheless, that favoritism is by the slightest of margins. Offensively the Patriots are averaging 28.3 points while Pittsburgh is putting up 24.6. On the defensive side of the ball things are even tighter. New England allots 19.2 each weekend while the Steelers give up 19.3. That’s not much of a difference but it’s undeniable that the Patriots have the advantage. Both teams have a great passing attack as well as a great running game. Moreover, neither team has a crappy defense. Ultimately Week 15’s New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers is a great matchup that will likely go down to the wire.