The NFL playoffs continue today January 22nd, 2017 with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts with the kickoff at 6:40 PM Eastern time. The Steelers find themselves as 6-point underdogs on the road Sunday with the posted total of 50 points at most books. This line did open to favor the Patriots by -5 and has since climbed to -6 on game-day and the posted total opened up at 51. We are currently seeing 55% of bettors grabbing the points with the Steelers +6 and the sharps have been pounding the Under 51 all week which is why we are seeing this line drop to 50 Sunday. This is not an easy game to predict, however we will do our best with your official Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots prediction below.
The Steelers are coming off a big road win over the Chiefs while the Patriots are coming off what looked like a dominant home win over the Texans. The Texans quarterback threw 3 interceptions against the Patriots which made that win seem a lot bigger than it actually was. The Steelers ran the ball down the heart of the Chiefs defense and I expect them to do the same thing against the Patriots. The Steelers must limit big passing plays by Tom Brady as they do not want to get down early in this game against a pretty good Patriots defense. If the Steelers do get down by two scores early they might have to throw their running game-plan out the window to play catch-up. At least the Steelers also have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL under center for this game unlike the Texans. Ben Roethlisberger did not play against the Patriots earlier this season and the Patriots also had Gronk in that road win.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots Official Prediction: Look for the Steelers to pound the ball and wear down this Patriots defense which will also create some big plays over the top by big Ben. The Patriots will have trouble protecting Brady against an under-rated Steelers defensive line so don’t be surprised to see Tom Brady have a below average game. If the Steelers have success running the ball they could very well win this game by 10+ points on the road and shock a lot of people. If the Steelers have trouble moving the ball on the ground they could lose by 7 to 10 points. Grab the points with the Steelers +6 over the Patriots as your free NFL playoff prediction for Sunday as I do see the Steelers being able to run the ball effectively today and win this game outright.