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Patriots vs Steelers Spreads 2011 NFL Predictions Week 8

by Scott Burgess on Friday, October 28th, 2011

Patriots vs Steelers Spreads 2011 NFL Predictions Week 8: The Pittsburgh Steelers host the well-rested New England Patriots, Sunday Oct 30th, as both teams try for a shot at four straight wins. The Patriots won their last meeting 39-26, on the road, in 2010. NFL oddsmakers have the Patriots as -3 point road favorites over the Steelers with the over/under set at 52.5 points. Finish off your NFL Picks Week 8 by getting your bet on the latest Patriots vs Steelers Spreads available now.

New England (5-1, 2-1 V) were on their bye week in Week 7. In Week 6 they beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-16, at home. QB Tom Brady finished the game 27 of 41 for 289 yards with two touchdowns. WR Wes Welker, who entered the game as the NFL leader with 45 catches and 740 yards receiving, was held to six for 45, but three of those catches, covered 21 yards. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Brady have won 116 regular-season games together, tying Miami's Don Shula and Dan Marino for most in NFL history. Brady has thrown for 2,163 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Tom Brady has dominated the Steelers defense in his career, including two road wins in AFC Championship games and owns a 6-1 record against Pittsburgh. As Brady notes, he’s always confident before a game. It just doesn’t always translate. “Would it just be like last year?” Brady asked back at a reporter’s question about his dominance over LeBeau’s unit. “We didn’t score much in the first half last year. The second half we played a little bit better. It all comes back to execution.”

Pittsburgh (5-2, 3-0 H) handed the Arizona Cardinals their fifth consecutive loss, 32-20 at home, in Week 7. QB Ben Roethlisberger went 25-of-38 passing for 340 yards with three touchdowns. WR Mike Wallace made three catches for 118 yards with one touchdown. The Steelers rolled for 445 yards in a successful warmup to next Sunday's home showdown against New England. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,937 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.

With a star-studded defensive unit that features safety Troy Polamalu creating havoc thanks to blitzing from rushers like LaMarr Woodley and Harrison (who is out with an injury this Sunday), Pittsburgh has allowed just 279 yards per game and they lead the league in pass defense.

The Patriots 1st ranked offense (474ypg) goes up against the Steelers 2nd ranked defense (279ypg). Their 1st ranked pass game (350ypg) goes up against the Steelers 1st ranked pass defense (171ypg). The Patriots 10th ranked running game (124ypg) goes up against the Steelers 11th ranked rush defense (107ypg). The Steelers ninth ranked offense (383ypg) goes up against the Patriots 32nd ranked defense (423ypg). Their ninth ranked pass offense (265ypg) goes up against the Patriots 32nd ranked pass defense (322ypg). The Steelers 15th ranked ground game (117ypg) goes up against the Patriots eighth ranked rush defense (101ypg). The Patriots allow the 15th least amount of points per-game (22) and they score the 4th most (30.8). The Steelers allow the third least amount of points per-game (17.4) and they score the 19th most (21.6). Get $50 in Free NFL Picks here.

Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Patriots are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Patriots are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Underdog is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC.
Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC.

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Sunday Oct 30th@4:15 PM ET
Pick: Patriots -3

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The Bottom Line: It’ll be close and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers win by defense. Start the 2011 NFL season off right by getting your bet on the latest New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Spreads available now.

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