|2013 CBS NFL Game of the Week Odds & Spread: Steelers vs. Patriots|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 15:00|
Steelers vs. Patriots Odds
New England is 6-2 on the season, 4-0 at home and 4-4 against the spread. Pittsburgh is 2-5 overall, 1-3 on the road and 2-5 against the spread. New England has won four of its last six against the Steelers.
Trends show that the Steelers are just 3-9 against the spread in the last 12 against the Patriots, but the underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 in this series. These two have hit the over in 7 of their last 9 meetings.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, New England is the favorite at home, as the Patriots have odds of -6 points against the Steelers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 44 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for the game had the Patriots favored by 7.5 points. The spread made the slow drop down to 6 over the week. The over/under total opened at 44 points and dropped to 43 before moving back to 44.
New England is coming off a 27-17 win over Miami last week. The Patriots fell behind 17-3 before rallying for the win. New England has alternated wins and losses over their last four games. The offense has been shaky, averaging just 330 yards per game, while the defense is allowing 346.3 yards per game. Tom Brady has 1,824 passing yards with just nine touchdowns and six interceptions. The defense is being led by Chandler Jones, who has 6.5 sacks.
The Steelers are coming off a 21-18 loss at Oakland last week. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Pittsburgh and marked the third straight game that the Steelers have been held to under 20 points. The offense is producing just 322.1 yards per game, but the defense is holding opponents to 302.9 yards per game. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,930 yards and eight touchdowns, but has seven interceptions. Antonio Brown has caught 56 passes for 630 yards and two scores. LaMarr Woodley is leading the defense with five sacks.
In terms of Injuries, New England cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and return man Leon Washington (ankle) are questionable. Pittsburgh tight end Richard Gordon (toe) and receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) are also questionable.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing New England, as the Patriots are getting 75% of the wagers with odds of -6 points against Pittsburgh on Sunday.