Sunday, October 23, 2016
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The New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Heinz Field. The opening line for this game has New England as 2 point favorites and the over/under was set at 46. The Patriots are 5-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-4-0. The Steelers have an over/under record of 2-4-0 and they are 4-2-0 against the spread.
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Tom Brady finished with 376 yards through the air for New England last week. He completed 29 passes out of 35 attempts for a 83% completion percentage. The Patriots were led in rushing by LeGarrette Blount, who finished with 50 yards on 13 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Rob Gronkowski was the team leader in receiving with a total of 162 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 23 yards per reception. As a team in that game New England got a total of 25 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 17 came through the air. They ran 61 total plays for 437 yards for the game. The Patriots ran for 79 yards on 23 attempts.
Ben Roethlisberger finished with 189 yards passing for Pittsburgh last week. He went 19 for 34, resulting in a 56% completion percentage. The Steelers were led on the ground by Le'Veon Bell, who finished with 53 yards on 10 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Bell led the team in receiving with 55 yards and 6 catches. He finished the game with an average of 9 yards per reception. Pittsburgh had 15 first downs total. 3 came from running the ball and 11 came from a pass. They ran 53 total plays for 297 yards for the contest. The Steelers ran for 128 yards on 16 carries as a team.
New England scores 25 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 13th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 22 passes on 32 attempts for a 69% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 267 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 8th in the league. The Patriots run for an average of 120 yards per game on 31 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry. That ranks them 7th in the league. They also run 65 plays per contest and average 6 yards per play for an average of 387 yards per game, ranking their offense 5th overall this season. The Patriots average 21 first downs per game which ranks them 12th in the NFL. They accumulate 56.5 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, which ranks 20th in the league.
New England allows 255 passing yards per game, ranking 18th, and they allow 15 points per contest on defense, which ranks 2nd. They give up 25 completions on 38 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 66%. The Patriots allow 92 rushing yards per game on 25 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 9th in the NFL. New England allows 347 total yards per game including 5.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 13th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 5.8 penalties for 48.5 yards per game, ranking them 5th among NFL teams.
Pittsburgh averages 26 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 9th in the league. In the passing department, they complete 24 passes per game on 38 attempts for a 63% completion percentage. They throw for 266 yards through the air per game, ranking them 9th. The Steelers run for an average of 106 yards per game on 24 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 15th on the ground. They also run 63 plays per game and average 5.9 yards per play for a total of 372 yards per game, ranking them 9th in the league on offense. The Steelers get an average of 20 first downs per game, which ranks 11th. They average 59.2 penalty yards per game via 5.3 penalties, ranking them 28th in the NFL.
Pittsburgh allows an average of 294 passing yards per game, which ranks 30th in the league. Their defense overall allows 21 points per contest, which has them ranked 11th. They give up 27 completions on 41 attempts for a completion percentage of 66% per game. The Steelers allow 101 rushing yards per contest on 22 carries for a 4.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 13th in the NFL. Pittsburgh allows 395 total yards per game for an average of 6.1 yards per play, which ranks 28th in the league. They force 7.2 penalties for 56.3 yards in each contest, ranking 14th.
New England Betting Trends
New England is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
New England has an ATS record of 5-1-0 this season
Pittsburgh Betting Trends
Pittsburgh is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
Pittsburgh has an ATS record of 4-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/16/16 RB Brandon Bolden Knee "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
10/16/16 LB Jamie Collins Hip "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
10/16/16 LB Shea McClellin Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
10/16/16 DT Vincent Valentine Back "?" Sunday vs. Pittsburgh
10/15/16 LB Jonathan Freeny Shoulder IR
10/07/16 QB Jacoby Brissett Thumb IR
08/31/16 G Tre Jackson Knee PUP
08/30/16 RB Dion Lewis Knee PUP
08/30/16 T Sebastian Vollmer Hip PUP
10/17/16 QB Landry Jones None expected to start Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 QB Ben Roethlisberger Knee out indefinitely
10/16/16 S Mike Mitchell Knee injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 LB Ryan Shazier Knee "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 S Shamarko Thomas Groin "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 C Cody Wallace Knee "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 T Marcus Gilbert Ankle "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/16/16 WR Markus Wheaton Shoulder "?" Sunday vs. New England
10/12/16 DE Cameron Heyward Hamstring expected to miss 2-3 weeks
10/08/16 T Ryan Harris Shin IR
10/08/16 CB Senquez Golson Foot IR
09/05/16 LB Bud Dupree Groin IR
08/31/16 TE Ladarius Green Headache PUP
08/17/16 QB Bruce Gradkowski Hamstring IR
08/11/16 WR Martavis Bryant Suspension out for season
Guy's Pick: Take New England
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