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Devon Platana
New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers prediction, odds and betting trends for NFL Week 2.
New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers prediction, odds and betting trends for NFL Week 2. / AP Photos/Phelan M. Ebenhack
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Patriots vs Steelers Week 2 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season Game
New England Patriots (0-1, 0-1 Away) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0, 0-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Acrisure Stadium — Pittsburgh, PA
Coverage: CBS

Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season includes an AFC showdown between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots are likely feeling embarrassed following a 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins to start the year. Considering how much Bill Belichick hates to lose, expect a stronger performance from New England this time around.  

The Steelers, on the other hand, didn't have a problem starting off the post-Ben Roethlisberger era with a 23-20 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, the victory didn't come without casualties as T.J. Watt and Najee Harris both suffered significant injuries that will keep them sidelined for this game.

Patriots vs Steelers Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: NE: (-156) | PIT: (+132)
Spread: NE: -3 (-105) | PIT: +3 (-115)
Total: 40.5 — Over: (-104) | Under: (-118)

Updated (Sunday, Sept. 18, 12:30 p.m. EST): Updated odds were provided from FanDuel Sportsbook. Money has come in on the Patriots, who see the spread climb to 3 points after opening as just 1-point favorites. That is reflective in the moneyline as well.

The Patriots enter this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 1 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 40.5, which is one of the lowest of this week's NFL projected totals.

Patriots vs Steelers Prediction & Pick

The Patriots looked worse than they have in a long time on Sunday. It's hard to feel confident about them after mustering only 271 total yards of offense while holding the ball for only 27:30 and committing three turnovers.

The Steelers' performance was far from perfect, but they still beat the reigning AFC champions. Yes, playing without Watt and Harris will be tough, but Pittsburgh should still keep things close as long as Mike Tomlin's squad has the same competitive spirit as last week.

While I expect a better showing from New England, I think Pittsburgh will still have enough playmakers to take care of business.

Final Score Prediction: Steelers: 21 | Patriots: 18

Patriots vs Steelers Betting Trends

- New England is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five road games.
- Pittsburgh is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games against AFC opponents.
- The total has hit the under in four of New England's last five road games against Pittsburgh.
- The total has hit the under in each of Pittsburgh's last eight games against AFC East opponents.

Patriots vs Steelers Best Bet

While this upcoming Patriots vs. Steelers clash should be close, don't expect a lot of points. New England couldn't generate any offense last week while Pittsburgh will struggle without Harris.

Considering how the two teams have also combined for the under in each of their last three meetings as well, I expect that trend to continue.

Bet: Under 40.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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