Patriots vs. Steelers NFL Pick – Week 15





<p>The New England Patriots are in Pittsburgh for a rematch of what was a controversial finish last season against the Steelers. Jessie James appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds left. However, that was called back after it was determined James lost control of the ball as he hit the ground. Going by the new catch rule this season, that’s likely to be called a touchdown if we see a similar play at Heinz Field. </p>
<p>It doesn’t take away the sting from the loss last season, though. All it does is making that ending more frustrating. The Steelers ended up turning the ball over in the end zone, so the Patriots were able to hang on for another win over their rival. It made for the Pats fifth win in a row over the Steelers and six wins in their last seven meetings. Dating way back to 2005, the Patriots have gone 8-2 over the Steelers.   </p>
<p>I don’t think the Steelers wanted to see the Patriots lose how they did last week. In a crazy ending, the Dolphins pulled off a 69-yard play with no time on the clock to get the win, 34-33. Kenyan Drake ultimately left Rob Gronkowski desperately flailing his arms at him as he bolted towards the end zone. </p>
<p>Why was Gronk on the field to begin with? The idea was that the Dolphins were going to throw up a Hail Mary, so he was out there for a vertical presence. That of course didn’t happen, and the Pats fell to 9-4 on the season. The Steelers enter Sunday with a record of 7-5-1. There are no guarantees that they are getting in the playoffs, so this is a big game for Pittsburgh as well. They’re coming off an embarrassing loss against the Raiders in Oakland. We’ll see which team does a better job of bouncing back in Week 15 at Heinz Field. Head below for our free Patriots vs. Steelers pick. </p>
<h2 class=New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 15 Betting Odds:

Patriots -2.5(-122)
vs. Steelers +2.5(+102)

Over 54(-112)
Under 54(-108)

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Patriots vs. Steelers Pick:

When you look at how the Patriots lost last week, one would immediately believe that they have to respond in a big way. However, the Steelers lost to the Raiders, so on the opposite side, one could argue that the Steelers are due to bounce back at home. Someone has to win here, well, there could always be a tie, so I should be careful with that comment.

Last week was a sandwich game for the Steelers. They had the Chargers on Sunday Night Football the previous week, and then they had the Raiders on deck with the Patriots looming the following week. In other words, it was a surprising loss for the Steelers, but not the craziest loss ever. Pittsburgh were already looking ahead to the Patriots and believed the Raiders were going to be a walkthrough.

Ben Roethlisberger is having a fine season despite the Steelers playoff chances up in the air. He’s thrown for 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with a 97.4 QB rating. The Steelers’ offense is 4th in the NFL with 408.1 yards per game. They’ve also recorded 28.2 points per game. Heinz Field has been friendly to them, with a whopping 37.3 points scored per game. After a dud last week, expect the Steelers to get back into a groove against the 22nd best secondary in the league.

The Patriots are right behind the Steelers with 397.1 yards per game. Tom Brady has tossed 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. His QB rating is slightly higher than Roethlisberger’s at 98.2. In ten games against the Steelers, he’s been flawless against their defense.

Brady has passed for 25 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with a 111.8 QB rating in his career against the Steelers. In his previous seven outings, he’s passed for 20 touchdowns and just 1 interception on the Steelers. Expect Brady and Roethlisberger to shine in this important matchup. After bad losses in Week 14, this is going to be an entertaining affair that comes down to the 4th quarter. I’d opt for the OVER in a game that likely hits 30-27 or 33-26.

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