Free Week 15 NFL Prediction: Patriots vs Steelers NFL Odds
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NFL Week 15 Handicapping
(9-4) New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)
Date: Sunday, December 16th
Time: 4:25 PM
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Week 15 ATS Betting Lines: New England Patriots PK
NFL Week 15 Moneyline Odds: OFF
Week 15 NFL Betting Total: 52
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This matchup features the AFC East leading New England Patriots and the AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots are currently sitting as the number two seed meaning they would have home field advantage in at least one of their game.
The Steelers on the other hand are barely hanging onto a division lead and cannot afford any more slip ups.
These teams last met in December of 2017, where the Patriots won 27-24. In fact, the Patriots have won the last five meetings and will look to continue dominating Pittsburgh.
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The Patriots had the game won last week, until a disastrous final play saw the Dolphins take the ball 69 yards and win 34-33. The playcalling was put into question as they had Rob Gronkowski in on defense to swat away any throw to the end zone.
This however backfired as Gronk was unable to catch and tackle the Dolphins player. New England now sees their chances to secure the number two seed in jeopardy as there are still a few teams on their tail.
The Patriots had no trouble moving the ball this past week as they racked up 421 total yards. Their run offense was poor, but Brady made up for it by throwing for 344 yards. Going forward, the Pats will need to do a better job running the ball.
Rookie, Sony Michel has been very solid this season and the Patriots will need to get him more touches heading down the stretch.
The Patriots defense is where we start to see weaknesses. They allowed 412 total yards to the Dolphins. This is a little concerning because the Dolphins are by no means the best offensive team.
Heading to Pittsburgh now will be another huge test as their secondary will have to handle Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Not to mention if James Conner can return, he will be a real threat on the ground.
The Steelers failed to increase their division lead when they lost to the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday. Big Ben was forced out which hurt their offensive production. They will have another chance to improve their playoff chances when they return home to face the Patriots.
Despite some close losses, the Steelers have managed to generate one of the top offenses in the league. They are 4th in total yards, 2nd in passing yards and 4th in points per game.
Their biggest weakness offensively is their rushing game. While Conner has had a very solid season, there still have been games where the Steelers get shut down on the ground.
The Steelers defense has been overall average this year. Their rush defense is top six in the league as they allow 96.9 yards per game. They do allow 23.5 points per game, which is in the middle of the league.
The Steelers must contain Gronk in this game. Otherwise Brady will pick apart the defense and the Steelers will be in danger of losing their second straight game.
NFL Betting Trends:
- NE are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December.
- NE are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games on grass.
- PIT are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in December.
- PIT are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: New England Patriots PK
The Patriots bounce back from their loss in Miami and beat the Steelers on the road.
NFL Free Week 15 Score Prediction: New England 34 – Pittsburgh 28
Tom Brady once again has a great game and New England is able to cover.
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