Thursday Night Football odds, spread, line: Patriots vs. Steelers picks, NFL predictions by expert on 18-4 run

Thursday Night Football odds, spread, line: Patriots vs. Steelers picks, NFL predictions by expert on 18-4 run
Thursday Night Football odds, spread, line: Patriots vs. Steelers picks, NFL predictions by expert on 18-4 run

The struggling New England Patriots will try to turn their season around when they hit the road to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football at Acrisure Stadium. New England (2-10) has lost five games in a row and eight of its last nine. The team is looking to avoid the franchise's first six-game losing streak since the 1993 team lost seven in a row. Pittsburgh (7-5) has dropped two of its last three games and is coming off a shocking 24-10 loss to Arizona.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is a six-point favorite in the latest Patriots vs. Steelers odds, while the over/under for total points scored is 30. Before you make any Steelers vs. Patriots picks or NFL predictions, you need to hear what football expert Emory Hunt Jr. has to say, given his mastery of picks involving New England.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's perspective.

In addition, Hunt has his finger on the pulse of the Patriots. He is 18-4 (+1354) on his last 22 against-the-spread NFL picks in games involving New England. 

Now, Hunt has locked in on Steelers vs. Patriots from every angle and just locked in his picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Patriots vs. Steelers: 

Patriots vs. Steelers spread: Pittsburgh -6 Patriots vs. Steelers over/under: 30 points Patriots vs. Steelers money line: Pittsburgh -268, New England +218 PIT: LB T.J. Watt ranks second in the league in sacks (14.0) NE: Patriots rank fourth in run defense (88.7 yards per game) Patriots vs. Steelers: See picks at SportsLine  Patriots vs. Steelers live stream: Stream TNF on Amazon Why the Steelers can cover

Pittsburgh has been playing solid defense all season. Despite getting little help from its offense, the defense has given up just 19.1 points per game this season, which ranks sixth in the league. The Steelers have been even better over the last three weeks, allowing just 15.7 points per game.

That defense will face a New England offense that will be without starting running back Rhamondre Stevenson. The third-year running back arguably has been the Patriots' best offensive weapon this season, leading the team in rushing yards (619) and receptions (38). Last Sunday, he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Chargers and reportedly will be out multiple weeks. See which team to back here.

Why the Patriots can cover

Despite the team's poor start to the season, New England has played solid defense. The Patriots have allowed just 310.5 total yards per game, which ranks eighth in the league. They also have given up just 88.7 rushing yards a game; just three teams have allowed fewer.

In addition, New England has owned the series against Pittsburgh over the last decade. The Patriots have won the last two and seven of the last eight meetings against the Steelers. Last season, New England limited Pittsburgh to 243 total yards and forced two turnovers in a 17-14 victory. See which team to pick here.

How to make Patriots vs. Steelers picks

Hunt has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning Under the point total, he has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He's sharing what it is, and which side to back, only at SportsLine.

Who wins Steelers vs. Patriots on Thursday Night Football, and which critical X-factor makes

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