AFC Championship Betting Picks, Scores, Odds & Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots

AFC Championship Betting Picks, Scores, Odds & Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
AFC Championship Betting Picks, Scores, Odds & Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Date / Time: Sunday, January 22 – 6:40 PM ET
Site: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA
TV Coverage: CBS

NFL Betting Odds at BetAnySports

Pointspread: Patriots -6
Total: 50.5 points

For the New England Patriots, this is old hat, so to speak. This is the sixth straight year they are in the AFC Championship Game, and on Sunday they encounter a Pittsburgh Steelers team that has never beaten a Tom Brady-quarterback squad at Gillette Stadium. So yes, it is a tall order for Pittsburgh, so maybe it doesn’t matter that the Steelers have won nine straight games, since they have a giant over in Foxboro. This game kicks off at 6:40 PM ET on CBS, and BetAnySports customers, who can enjoy great Asian instant play casino action with three no-download options, can also take part in real-time wagering, even after the game has kicked off, by using the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Ultra.

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There is no one in the history of the NFL who had a better ratio of touchdowns to interceptions than Brady had the season. When you are intercepted only twice in 432 attempts, you are hitting the mark in in a big way. What might be a concern for New England backers, however, is that he was picked off twice against the Houston Texans last week. Of course, that was a defense with extremely athletic edge rushers and great people in the secondary. Pittsburgh defense has been coming along in the second half of the season, but they are not at Houston’s level. And they are starting two rookies in the secondary, Sean Davis and Artie Burns, and that could be something Brady attacks.

The truth of the matter is, the Patriots have a lot of places they can go when it comes to dumping the ball off. Dion Lewis put his usefulness on display last week with a touchdown reception, as well as a touchdown run, and he also returned a kick for a score. James White has been a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield all season long (60 receptions). There are a plethora of wide receivers, so even if the Steelers can shut down Julian Edelman (98 receptions), still have a hard time dealing with everybody else, including speedsters like Chris Hogan and Michael Floyd. Martellus Bennett has done a good enough job at tight end that this team, even without Rob Gronkowski, has continued to win. In fact, they are 10-0 without Gronk available.

BetAnySports patrons obviously have to acknowledge the great offensive trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, who are as good a combination as you can find in the league. But what you can’t lose sight of is the fact that New England was best in the NFL when it came to allowing points, at just 15.6 per game. So they have to be able to be doing something right. They are the best third-down defense of any of the four remaining teams, and they have done a pretty good job against the run as well, allowing just 88.6 yards per game.

Can Bill Belichick come up with some kind of defensive strategy to take away somebody like Brown? That might be possible, since the Steelers don’t really have other scary wide receivers on hand. Then again, that is something easier said than done, or else other teams would have done it. What might be worth noting is that the Patriots have covered just one of their last seven conference championship games, and obviously they have gotten upset along the way. On the other hand, with Brady at quarterback, New England has won 15 of 18 games at home during the playoffs.

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