Stephen Nover's Sunday Night Blockbuster - 79% NFL
Pittsburgh vs. New England,
09/08/2019 20:20 EDT,
Score: 3 - 33
Total: -115/+51 Under
It's easy to think offense with these two teams. But doing that can get you in trouble with this matchup.
The Patriots have their deepest defense since the early Bill Belichick days. They are especially strong at linebacker and cornerback.
The Steelers' firepower isn't quite as potent without Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a worthy No. 1 wideout. The problem for the Steelers is Donte Montcrief is a weak No. 2 wide receiver and James Washington is unproven.
Rookie linebacker Devin Bush should have a huge impact on Pittsburgh's defense. The Patriots have become more run-oriented. They are down at tight end with Rob Gronkowski retired and Benjamin Watson suspended. Losing center David Andrews for the season was a tough blow, too, for New England.
The two teams met in Week 15 last season at Pittsburgh and the Steelers won, 17-10.