NFL Predictions Week 2: Patriots vs Steelers Las Vegas Picks and Preview (Sept 18)

  • The Patriots came up short against the Dolphins, losing 20-7.
  • The Steelers stunned the Bengals 23-20 in a wild game.
  • These two teams last met on Sept 8, 2019, in a game the Patriots won 33-3.

If you’re looking for the best NFL predictions for the Patriots vs Steelers game – look no further! – Vegas Odds has you covered.

This Week 2 game features a classic matchup between the 0-1 Patriots and the 1-0 Steelers.

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule

  • When: Sunday, Sept 18, 2022, at 1:00 p.m ET
  • Where: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
  • How to Watch: CBS

Patriots vs Steelers Vegas Odds

Game Preview

Patriots Struggling on Offense

The Patriots lost their Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins by a score of 20-7. 2nd-year quarterback Mac Jones had a decent game, finishing 21 for 30 for 213 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Despite that, the Patriots were shut out for 3 of 4 quarters on Sunday. An offense this inconsistent is a rare sight in New England, and Bill Belichick will be applying a lot of pressure on his guys to make a big step forward in Week 2. The Patriots defense was their best asset, though they were unable to force a Dolphins turnover. 4 balls were fumbled in the game, 2 by each team, but all 4 were recovered by Miami.

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

After struggling in Week 1, all focus will go towards a Week 2 matchup against a stifling Steelers defense that turned the defending AFC champion Bengals over 5 times. After turning the ball over three times on Sunday, the Patriots will need to be extremely disciplined against the Steelers to stay in the game.

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The Patriots lone touchdown in this game was caught by wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who was acquired over the offseason after spending time with the Packers, Ravens, Jets, and Saints over the past 8 seasons.

Steelers Win Wild Showdown

The Steelers defeated their bitter rivals and the defending AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday, 23-20. Pittsburgh turned Joe Burrow over 4 times in the first half, entering the locker room during the break with a 17-6 lead. Unfortunately, the Bengals climbed right back, eventually tying the game up 20-20. An extra point would have given the Bengals the win, but it was blocked by Minkah Fitzpatrick, sending the game into overtime. New starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had an underwhelming Steelers debut, carried to an opening win by his defense.

Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts after making a tackle in the backfield for a loss against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In overtime, the Steelers watched another game winning attempt by Bengals kicker Evan McPherson miss, giving them the opportunity to win the game on a field goal of their own. Their first attempt from 55-yards out hit the upright, but the next time they got the ball, Chris Boswell was able to knock it through from 53-yards away, sealing the win for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the Steelers lost superstar defensive end T.J. Watt to a pec injury, that could cause him to miss the entire season if he is required to have surgery to recover. The defense loses a major piece if Watt cannot return this season.

Patriots vs Steelers Prediction & Pick

The Steelers and Patriots are both led by young quarterbacks hoping to ride their defenses to victory. While Mitchell Trubisky certainly has more experience than Mac Jones, they are both still putting things together. This game should be a defensive battle and a real slug fest, but the loss of T.J. Watt could prove to be a major problem for the Steelers. Ultimately, I think they can get it done at home against a Patriots offense that had little to show in Week 1 against the Dolphins.

NFL Las Vegas Picks:

Fantasy Football Freebie: Expect a gritty and defensive matchup here with not much fantasy upside. The best option may very well be the Patriots defense. After playing moderately well in the loss against the Dolphins, expect New England’s defense to give Mitchell Trubisky and the Steelers a hard time to start this one out. If they can avoid garbage time points, they’ll be in for a good overall game.

Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.

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