FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Coach Bill Belichick chats with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during a review of a play against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The 5-1 New England Patriots face off against the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers in an epic week 8 match-up of two first place teams and perennial Super Bowl contenders. The Patriots are a 2.5 point favorite.
According to OddsShark.com the 5-1 New England Patriots opened as 1.5 favorites on the road against the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers in the teams' week 8 match-up. Currently the line is up to Patriots -2.5, and -3 three in some places. The reasoning behind the line movement is because the betting public are laying their money on the Patriots – 84 percent of the money coming in on the Pats-Steelers showdown has been wagered on the Patriots.
The Patriots are coming off a bye week, and in games following a bye since 2001 the Patriots are an impressive 9-1 – all under head coach Bill Belichick. Another stat in the Patriots favor is the record of future hall of fame quarterback, Tom Brady against the Steelers. Brady is 6-1 all-time against Pittsburgh and 3-1 in Heinz Field.
The Patriots last game was a week six nail-biter against the Dallas Cowboys, where they won 20-16 on a Tom Brady game-winning drive. The Steelers last game was a 32-20 victory over the lowly Arizona Cardinals, in Arizona. Both teams are currently in first place in their respective divisions.