The New England Patriots (0-1) are on the road to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) in Week 2 action. Kickoff from Acrisure Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET (CBS). Below, we look at Patriots vs. Steelers odds from Tipico Sportsbook; check back for all our NFL picks and predictions. Also see: All Week 2 odds and lines The Patriots dropped their season opener 20-7 at the Miami Dolphins Sunday. New England was held off the board except for a 3rd-quarter touchdown by RB Ty Montgomery on a 6-yard pass.
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QB Mac Jones was 21-for-30 passing for 213 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He dealt with a back injury but remained in the game. WR Jakobi Meyers led all pass-catchers with 55 yards on 4 receptions (6 targets) as RB Damien Harris paced the backfield with 48 yards on 9 carries.
The post-Ben Roethlisberger era began in earnest for the Steelers as they picked up a 23-20 overtime victory over the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals to start their season Sunday.
QB Mitch Trubisky was 21-for-38 for 194 yards and 1 TD; 75 of those yards went to TE Pat Freiermuth. Star RB Najee Harris struggled to get things going as he picked up just 23 yards on 11 carries and only added 3 yards on 2 receptions — although he did catch Trubisky’s lone TD pass. Harris left the game with a foot injury and did not return, although early suggestions are that it may not be serious. Harris was spotted in a walking boot boarding the team bus.
The Steelers fear they lost LB T.J. Watt, who left in the 4th quarter, to a torn pectoral muscle. Watt finished with 22 1/2 sacks in 2021 and would leave a major hole on the defensive side of the ball for Pittsburgh.
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers play on Sunday in an NFL Week 2 game.
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Bill Speros writes: “T.J. Watt won’t be playing for Pittsburgh, who went with Mitch Trubisky in their Week 1 upset of the AFC Champion Bengals. The Patriots made too many mistakes in their Week 1 loss to Miami. Mac Jones was hurt in Week 1 but it appears he’ll be ready for this one. The Steelers picked off Joe Burrow 4 times in Week 1. Mac Jones may not even throw the ball 4 times this week. After all, the Patriots beat the Bills last year after running the ball 46 times in 49 snaps. The loss of Watt is significant. Beware the Hoodie at Heinz Field after a bad loss. We locked in the under on 42.5 points, but it has since moved to 40.5.”
Steelers will cover vs. Patriots
It writes: “Even if the Steelers are missing players, their defense was very impressive against Joe Burrow in Week 1. Jones’ injury is something to monitor but even if he’s healthy, the second-year QB and the offense performed poorly against Miami. Mitch Trubisky was mediocre but didn’t turn the ball over. As long as he lets the defense do most of the heavy lifting, the Steelers should be able to shut down New England and improve to 2-0.”
The opening line on the game was at +1 after the schedule was announced in May. Throughout the offseason and preseason games, the line has held steady but moved slightly in favor of the Patriots despite their loss on Week 1 compared to the Steelers upset victory.
Being the underdog on Sunday, the Steelers have a current moneyline of +105 to win the game straight up, which is the equivalent of 21/20 odds. So a $20 bet placed on the Steelers over the Patriots would have a payout of $41 ($21 plus the original $20 bet). The Patriots have a current moneyline of -125, or 4/5 odds. Therefore the same $20 bet placed on New England to win straight up would have a payout of $36 ($16 plus the original $20 bet).
The Steelers are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games against AFC opponents and are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games against New England. The Steelers also have gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games and have gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 games against the Patriots.
If looking at the futures bets at DraftKings.com, the Steelers odds to win the Super Bowl are at 70/1 after Week 1. The Steelers odds to win the AFC Championship are 40/1 odds. As for winning the AFC North, the Steelers are currently at 11/2 odds behind the Browns at 7/2 odds, the Bengals at 3/1, and the Ravens as the favorite at 11/10 odds.