At Sports Unbiased we believe in information. We also believe there is no such thing as too much information. With that in mind, we give you at least six collaborative articles per week that will prepare you for the next weeks NFL matchups. The first knowledge grab of the week are the weekly NFL writers picks which is up early each week. Then you can find an in-depth analysis of the week’s marquee matchups in a series we call the 2013 NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis which is now a series of five articles that cover the marquee games of the week and Monday Night Football.These articles will prepare you in time for your office pools or any other venture you might consider.
As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. This is a 4:25 PM EST game that will be played at Gillette Stadium as the 6-2 New England Patriots host the 2-5 Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Mike Santangelo, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-under): New England minus 6 1/2, 44 u
Chris’ Pick: Besides a loss to the Raiders last week the Steelers have looked improved, but they’ve still been struggling offensively (23rd in total yards). As for the Patriots, they have also been struggling offensively due to injuries and lack of depth at receiver, they’re also banged up on defense, but under head coach Bill Belichick they somehow still manage to be one of the best teams in the NFL. In the end I see the Patriots coming out on top. Patriots-24 Steelers- 13
John’s Pick: Both the Patriots and Steelers aren’t playing the way were used to , but one big difference is the Patriots are still finding a way to win while the Steelers having only been able to secure two victories. Tom Brady is having probably his worst season ever and now has to go up against Steelers pass defense that has been playing well (ranked second) despite the fact that the team is having troubling winning. This should cause Brady to have another middle of the road type of game. As for the Patriots defense, that has been decimated by injuries, their just hoping to have cornerback Aquib Talib back to help their secondary. It will also be interesting to see how many snap newly acquired defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga takes to help their struggles stopping the rush (ranked 31st). Luckily the Steelers offense has just as many problems (ranked 23rd in total offense) with Big Ben having issues with turnovers (12) and the running game struggling (averaging 68.7 yards a game), even though Levon Bell is doing better than Redman, Dwyer, or Jones did. The Patriot would be wise to pound the rock with their running backs as the Steelers struggle to stop the run (ranked 30th in rush defense) and should have no problem winning with this strategy. Patriots 21 Steelers 17
Coach’s Pick: The Steelers are trying to stay in contention for one of the greatest turn around season of all time but it took a hit last week when they traveled west to Oakland. They ran out of time and left with a loss. They cannot afford to leave any more game on the table like that or their season will be left for dead. The Patriots have a pretty comfortable space in their division but they need to start clicking more on offense if they want to compete with the big boys of the AFC. They are healthy now on offense so there is no excuse not to start putting it together. This game will help the process, Patriots win 24-13.
Josh’s Pick: The Steelers have looked awful this year. You cannot trust them to show up and it does not help that this game is being played in Boston. Since the return of Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers have improved, but nothing still seems to be clicking for them on offense.
On the other side, the Patriots are celebrating the return of their top two receivers. With the uncertainty of who is playing, Brady has not looked as crisp as he has in the past. Still, he gets the job done and leads his team as any great quarterback should. Because Steelers are so bad and the game is being played at New England, I think the Patriots will have no problem winning this game. Final Score: New England 35 – Pittsburgh 14
Mike’s Pick: This used to be a matchup that you’d circle on your calendar as one to watch for as the season progressed. This year, I don’t really think that’s the case. You have a Patriots team who is throwing TD passes to guys who were fixing refrigerators just 3 weeks ago (exaggeration? yes.) against a Pittsburgh team who can’t seem to find their identity on either offense or defense. The Patriots started the season unsure of their offense, but with a solid defense. Now, with injuries to key defensive players at every level, they can’t even count on their defense to bail them out really. Instead, Tom Brady has to keep making plays to bail them out. Well, this week he will continue to do so as they face a team as flawed as, perhaps even more flawed, then they are. Final Score: Steelers 24 – Patriots 30
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week nine of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus