National Football League: AFC Championship PIT vs. NE
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5, 5-3 away) at New England Patriots (14-2, 6-2 home)
January 22, 2017- 6:40 PM ET (TV CBS) Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, NE
The second contest of Championship Sunday promises to be just as good if not better than the previous game as the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel into Gillette Stadium for an AFC title clash against the New England Patriots with the betting lines as follow;
Best Steelers Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+6) ML +215
Best Patriots Lines: MyBookie Spread (-6) ML -260
Over/Under: BetOnline 50.0
Standing in their way for a repeat trip to Super Bowl LI will be a Pittsburgh team seeking to pull off the upset over the defending champions as this matchup will be nothing short of a dogfight.
The main storyline leading into this game will the long awaited rematch between Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady; two quarterbacks meeting for the first time in 12 years in a playoff game. And what better way to decide it all than with the winner going to the Super Bowl?
Back in the AFC Championship for the first time since 2010, Roethlisberger is 3-1 in the big game in his 13 year career and with his 13 postseason wins ranks sixth all-time. Big Ben has two Super Bowl rings.
And for Brady, his resume reads with a list of impressive accomplishments as he will aim for his fifth Super Bowl ring. Facing off against the Steelers, Brady has had his way posting a 9-2 mark carving up the Pittsburgh defense with 26 touchdowns to just three picks.
Both teams are loaded with plenty of offensive weapons with WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell fueling the Steelers attack to counter Brady, who will seek to pick apart the Pittsburgh defense.
The key for the Steelers will be to put as much pressure on Brady as possible as they may implement the same 3-4 defense the Houston Texans used last week to keep the game relatively close, though it will take a full defensive effort against the Patriots to get out of Foxboro with a victory.
We can expect a steady diet of Bell to help open up the Pittsburgh offense, sustain long drives and in turn keep Brady off the field as much as possible.
New England got the better of the Steelers 27-16 back in Heinz Field in Week 7; a game in which Roethlisberger did not play. Taking a look at this crucial matchup, MyBookie is favoring NE (-6) points over PIT with an over/under of 50.0 total game points scored from BetOnline. Playing the spread in what I feel will be a close one, I will favor the Steelers PLUS the points (+6) over New England for the win as my betting pick.