New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers - 9/18/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

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The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in week 2 NFL action at Acrisure Stadium. The New England Patriots look to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2001 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their second 2-0 start in the last 3 years.

The New England Patriots have lost their last 3 road games. Mac Jones is completing 70 percent of his passes for 213 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne have combined for 96 receiving yards on 5 catches, while Jonnu Smith has 3 receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 78 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 48 yards on 9 carries. Defensively, New England is allowing 20 points and 307 yards per game. Ja'Whaun Bentley leads the New England Patriots with 7 tackles, Matthew Judon has 1 sack and Deatrich Wise Jr. has 1 forced fumble.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-0-1 SU in their last 7 home games. Mitch Trubisky is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 194 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Pat Freiermuth and Diontae Johnson have combined for 130 receiving yards on 12 catches, while Zach Gentry has 2 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 75 yards per contest, and Chase Claypool leads the way with 36 yards on 6 carries. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 20 points and 432 yards per game. Minkah Fitzpatrick leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 14 tackles, Alex Highsmith has 3 sacks and T.J. Watt has 1 interception.

The Patriots are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. AFC and 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 4-1 in Patriots last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Steelers last 4 home games. The Patriots are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I don't have any confidence in the New England Patriots finding any offensive success against this aggressive and play making Pittsburgh defense. With that said, I don't believe Trubisky is going to have much success against this Pats defense and Bill Belichick. This to me is going to be a low scoring, ugly contest. I'll take the under in this spot.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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