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Sunday, October 23, the New England Patriots (5-1) take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2). The game will be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. Read on for our Patriots vs. Steelers prediction and preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its FPI rating, New England wins the matchup between the two teams 59.0 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Patriots are the favorites to win the contest.
Spread: Patriots -7
Game Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Patriots vs. Steelers preview:
The Patriots are coming off of a 35-17 steamrolling of the Bengals, a game in which Tom Brady went 29-of-35 with 376 yards through the air and three touchdowns. They're the best team in the AFC, without question, especially with Rob Gronkowski finally back in the action.
First things first: Ben Roethlisberger is out for this game with a torn meniscus, which means Landry Jones—who is, well, not great—will start in his place. The usually explosive offense will suffer mightily without Roethlisberger under center and Jones will struggle to air out the ball, reducing Antonio Brown's effectiveness and impact.
The Patriots have won three of the last four match-ups versus the Steelers, the last contest being a 28-21 victory for New England.
Patriots vs. Steelers prediction:
This should have been one of the premier game of the season with two AFC titans facing off, but Roethlisberger's absence puts a damper on things. I still expect the Steelers to put up quite a fight and for Le'Veon Bell to have 100 yards and a touchdown, but it won't be enough to take down the Patriots. They're simply too much too handle without a fully staffed Pittsburgh offense.