Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

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Week 1 Predictions: Steelers vs Patriots Odds Week 1 Predictions: Steelers vs Patriots Odds New England -7, Total 52½

The New England Patriots will begin the quest to defend their Super Bowl title from last year when they square off with the Pittsburgh Steelers on what has become the traditional Thursday night opener of the National Football League season. Both teams will be missing some key players though. It looked as if New England would have to start week 1 without All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season due to the "DeflateGate" scandal in which the Patriots were accused of tampering with game balls during last year's AFC playoffs however that will not be the case. Brady will be suited up and behind center for Thursday's season opener after Judge Richard Berman nullified the NFL's imposed suspension last week. As a result, Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots odds in Vegas currently favor Brady and the Pats at home by a touchdown (-7) while NFL predictions have the over/under total posted at 52½.

Offseason suspensions have also affected the Pittsburgh Steelers who will play without star running back Le’Veon Bell. The third-year pro was suspended for an arrest on drug charges prior to last season. Initially, Bell was to miss three games, but the suspension was reduced to the first two contests of the 2015 season. Without Bell, the Steelers will work former Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams more. Williams was added in the offseason to give Pittsburgh some added depth at the position. Behind Williams, the Steelers have the speedy Dri Archer and rookie Josh Harris. Another major factor playing into Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots odds is the fact that WR Martavis Bryant, who is expected to have a breakout second season, will also miss the week 1 opener on Thursday due to suspension.

The 6-4 Bryant has 4.4 speed and has had a great training camp. It was found that he violated the league’s substance abuse policy and will miss the first four games of the season. Still, the Steelers offense will revolve around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game as it did a year ago. Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing yards a year ago and WR Antonio Brown led the league in receiving yards. The bigger question in NFL predictions for those betting on Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots odds is how the once vaunted "terrible towels" defense will respond without its architect, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau who is now in Tennessee, and without former stars Troy Polamalu and Jason Worilds, both of whom retired. The week 1 season opener (Thursday, September 10th) between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots can be seen live on NBC at 8:30pm EST from Gillette Stadium.

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    The Chip Kelly experiment continues as new starting quarterback Sam Bradford takes over one of the NFL’s best offenses. Kelly, of course, is well known for his offensive innovations and has helped the Philadelphia Eagles to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons. The Eagles get a chance to continue and get back to the postseason when they open Monday Night Football with a trip to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons. Bradford, who has missed the better part of the past two seasons with knee injuries, is finally healthy enough and is in command of the up-tempo Eagles offense. He is surrounded by a wealth of talent including last year’s NFL rushing leader RB DeMarco Murray. Jordan Matthews and rookie Nelson Agholor give Bradford youth but ample talent at the wide receiver positions. Eagles vs Falcons odds favor Philadelphia on the road by a field goal (-3) while NFL picks for week 1 on the over/under total are set at 55½.

    The former Rams QB, Bradford was the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year after starting all 16 games. He then played in roughly half of the team’s next 64 games suffering knee injuries in consecutive seasons. The Eagles opponent, Atlanta, welcomes new head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator in Seattle. Quinn’s first task will be improving a defense that finished dead last in the league in total yards allowed per game (398.3). Quinn and the Falcons selected undersized hybrid LB/DE Vic Beasley of Clemson in the first round and acquired Adrian Clayborn in the offseason to help. Along with LB Justin Durant, the defense should improve at least enough to take some of the pressure off of the offense. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of covering the spread as home underdogs in Eagles vs Falcons odds, the defense must be able to slow down the potent Philly offense.

    Quarterback Matt Ryan enjoyed his fourth straight 4,000-yard season last year, but he and the rest of the Falcons offense must work under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this season. There have been some struggles with the new zone-running based offense and problems with the offensive line have not helped. Atlanta has actually beaten Philadelphia the past two times that the two teams have met. Ryan threw for seven touchdowns in those two meetings. It is doubtful he will have that kind of success Monday night. Look for Philadelphia to have a lot of offensive success against a struggling Atlanta defense. The week 1 season opener (Monday, September 14th) between the Eagles and Falcons can be seen live on ESPN at 6:55pm EST from the Georgia Dome.

  • New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

    The New York Giants would love nothing more than to start the 2015 season with a win over their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will be looking to win back-to-back division titles for the first time in over a decade. No team in the division has repeated in 11 years. The Giants winners of two Super Bowls in the 2000s, have not tasted much success lately and last season was dreadful. After starting the season 3-2, the Giants running game and defense disappeared on the way to seven straight losses. The club did finish the season 3-1 but must address their running game and a defense that allowed 395.3 yards per game in 2014. Giants vs Cowboys odds in Vegas favor Dallas by nearly a touchdown (-6) while NFL predictions for the week 1 total have been set at 52.

    New York will be without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who injured a hand over the summer in a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul finally met with Giants representatives after missing all summer team activities and preseason training camp. His status is still uncertain. New York will also be without the services of star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is still not fully recovered from a patellar tendon injury suffered last October. What the Giants do have is QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL’s breakout star of 2014. In just 12 games, OBJ had 1,305 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Manning, despite the Giants inability to run the ball, still enjoyed a decent 2014 season tossing 30 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. Manning will need to control his turnovers in week 1 if New York is to cover the spread as underdogs in Giants vs Cowboys odds.

    Dallas, which has beaten New York four straight times, will rely on the arm of quarterback Tony Romo who led the NFL last year with a passer rating of 113.2. The ground game may suffer some as last year’s leading rusher, also the league’s leading ground gainer, DeMarco Murray is now in Philadelphia. Murray will be replaced by Darren McFadden, Christine Michael, Lance Dunbar, and Joseph Randle. Romo will still have WR Dez Bryant as his top receiving target. Bryant, who just signed a five-year, $70 million deal in the offseason, led the league in receiving touchdowns last year with 16. The Cowboys defense will be without DE Greg Hardy until late October and LB Rolando McLain will miss the season’s first four games due to suspension. Still, the Cowboys should have enough to win its fifth straight over the Giants.

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