Public Bettors backing Patriots

AFC Championship Game: Bettors backing Steelers or Patriots? 1/22/17

Are public bettors backing Tom Brady and the Patriots today in the AFC Championship Game, or the underdog Steelers at 6:40PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Patriots are 6-point home favorites versus the Steelers while the over/under for tonight's AFC title game sits at 51 points. While the point spread hasn't budged off that 6-point figure, the total opened at 51 before dropping to 50.

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Our NFL Public Betting page shows that 56% of public bettors are currently backing the Patriots at -6, which isn't surprising. Not only do bettors normally like to back Brady and the Pats, but New England was far-and-away the best bet of any team all season, covering at an 82.3% (14-3) clip in the regular season and Divisional round. Speaking of that Divisional round matchup against the Texans, the Patriots covered as a whopping 16.5-point favorite.

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The historical trends also like the Patriots as well, as the Steelers are just 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 games against New England. That said, the underdog is 10-4 at the betting window in the last 14 meetings between these two teams while Pittsburgh is a perfect 5-0 against the spread in its last five road games. The Steelers have also gone 13-3-3 at the betting window in their last 19 games in January. 



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