Best bets for Patriots-Steelers Week 2 matchup originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
It’s only Week 2, but is Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers still a “must-win” for the New England Patriots?
The Pats are coming off a discouraging 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins in their regular-season opener. Although the offense was able to move the ball down the field, turnovers and poor protection for quarterback Mac Jones proved to be the difference-maker.
Another tough test awaits New England at Acrisure Stadium. The Steelers defense forced five turnovers in their Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. While the Patriots won’t have to deal with reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt (pectoral injury), they’ll still have to find a way to slow down defensive stalwarts Cameron Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
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As much as the Patriots offense has struggled, the Steelers have their own issues on that side of the ball. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky isn’t a threat to take over a game and star running back Najee Harris has been banged up with a foot injury. Pittsburgh’s lackluster offensive line, like New England’s, could be in for a long afternoon.
So, how will it all shake out on the field during Sunday’s showdown? Here are our spread and over/under picks for the Patriots-Dolphins Week 2 matchup. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Patriots vs. Steelers odds
Spread: Patriots -2.5
Point total: 40.5
Moneyline: Patriots -140, Steelers +120
Patriots vs. Steelers picks
Pick against the spread: Steelers +2.5
The Patriots being road favorites after that Week 1 performance is just strange. Sure, you can say that loss to Miami was decided by two or three plays, but look at how Pittsburgh’s defense handled Joe Burrow and the Bengals last Sunday. Are you confident New England will win the turnover battle in Week 2?
We’re not. And when the…
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Publish date : 2022-09-17 17:55:00
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