The New England Patriots (2-10) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at Acrisure Stadium in Acrisure Stadium and televised on AMZN. Both the Patriots and Steelers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 ET.
Patriots vs Steelers
The Patriots Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Patriots hosted the Chargers in week 13. The Patriots finished the game with a 6-0 loss. With a 6-point loss, the Patriots added a loss to their ATS record as well. They were 4.5-point underdogs prior to the game.
Quarterback Bailey Zappe finished with a passer rating of 68 while completing 13 of his 25 attempts for 141 yards. Zappe finished the game without a passing or rushing touchdown.
On the defensive side, the Patriots allowed 241 yards of total offense to Los Angeles. Among these yards, 29 were given up on the ground, while the team’s secondary gave up 212 yards through 37 attempts.
As they prepare to face the Steelers, the Patriots hold a 2-10 record. Within the AFC-East, they currently sit in 4th place and are 16th place in the AFC.
The Patriots’ current scoring margin for the season stands at -8.8, contributing to their ATS record of 2-10. This season, the average over/under line for games involving New England is 41.1 points. They currently hold an over/under record of 3-9, and their average margin against the over/under is -7.6.
Patriots Injury Report
No Injuries Reported
The Steelers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Steelers are coming off a game where they were defeated by the Cardinals with a final score of 24-10. Not only did the Steelers lose the game, but they also didn’t cover the spread as 6-point favorites.
Against Arizona, quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a passer rating of 104 while completing 64% of his passes. Overall, he ended the game with 117 yards through the air.
The Steelers defense is coming off a game in which they struggled to defend the run, conceding 68.69747899159664 first downs on the ground. In total, Arizona put up150 rushing yards against the Steelers’ defense. In terms of overall yardage, Arizona finished with 282 yards of offense.
Over the course of 12 games, the Steelers have put together a record of 7-5. This positions them 2nd in the AFC-North and 5th in the AFC.
Thus far this season, the Steelers hold a record above .500 against the spread, marked at 7-5. Their average scoring margin in the current season is -3.1. So far this season, Pittsburgh games are 31st in total points. They come in with an over/under record of 2-10, with an average over/under line for their games set at 39.5 points.
Steelers Injury Report
No Injuries Reported
Patriots Offense Breakdown
As they enter week 14, the Patriots offense ranks 29th in the league, averaging 12.3 points per contest.
So far this season, New England’s passing game is 16th in passing attempts. Their average of 186.8 passing yards per game places them 23rd in the NFL rankings.
With an average of 103.7 rushing yards per game, the Patriots currently rank 22nd in the NFL. This figure is based on 25.7 rushing attempts (18th).
Steelers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Pittsburgh offense has an average of 16 points, placing them 25th in the league.
Pittsburgh currently sits 21st in passing attempts and has an average of 5.8 yards per attempt (16). They are also ranked 28th in the league with 179.6 passing yards per game.
Looking at their ground game, the Steelers have been carrying the ball an average of 26.7 times per game and are 14th in rushing yards. They have an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt.
Patriots Team Defense
Thus far, the Patriots’ defense has given up an average of 310.5 yards per game and 21.2 points per contest (15th). Going into this game, they’ve allowed a completion percentage of 65.7% and have surrendered 13 passing touchdowns. When it comes to run defense, they rank 3rd in the NFL.
Steelers Team Defense
The Steelers defense takes on the Patriots having given up an average of 19.1 points per game. So far, they are 7th in quarterback hits and are giving up 348.3 yards per contest.
Patriots vs Steelers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, New England has an ATS record of 1-4 while averaging 11 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Pittsburgh has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 17 per game. The team went 7-3 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Patriots have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.
- Pittsburgh has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
On the spread, I’m taking New England at +6. I’m expecting the New England rushing attack to take advantage of a Pittsburgh defense that struggled to defend the run in their most recent game. Lock in New England +6.
So far, all of New England’s games have had over/under lines higher than this week’s line of 30.5. For this matchup, I’m taking the over as we have this game projected to finish with 44 points.
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