What do the numbers tell us about Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers? Let’s take a look at what we’ve got in front of us, with a reminder that this game begins at 8:30 PM ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, and Chinese Bookie customers have the chance to place wagers during the action itself with the help of Live Betting Extra.
Patriots vs Steelers: By the Numbers
- Pittsburgh led the NFL last season in yards per drive (39.38) as well as time of possession per drive (three minutes and three seconds).
- In 2014, New England was second in the league in average starting line of scrimmage on BOTH offense and defense.
- Antonio Brown caught 129 passes for the Steelers last season, totaling 1698 yards.
- Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh’s running back who is sitting out this game on a suspension, accounted for 35% of the team’s offense last year, with 2215 yards from scrimmage.
- Both of these quarterbacks threw for more than 4000 yards last season. Ben Roethlisberger had 4952 yards, while Tom Brady had 4019 to his credit.
- Only three teams in the NFL allowed more yards per drive than the Pittsburgh defense did.
- Rob Gronkowski rebounded from injuries to have a great year from the tight end spot for New England, catching 82 passes for 1124 yards and twelve touchdowns.
- The Patriots are currently listed at +170 to make it to the AFC championship game, according to Chinese Bookie, while Pittsburgh is priced at +460 to do the same thing.
- Each of these coaches is obviously very accomplished. New England’s Bill Belichick is 175-65 during the course of his career with the team (15 years), while Mike Tomlin, who has completed eight years as Pittsburgh’s coach, has a record of 82-46.
- The Patriots have had a very strong tendency toward games that are higher scoring than expected. In fact, they have played 32 of their last 45 games over the total.
- Pittsburgh was second in the league in total offense, gaining an average of 411 yards per contest in 2014.
- LaGarrette Blount, who is under suspension for this first game, was not only the fourth-leading rusher for the Patriots last year, he was also the second-leading rusher for the Steelers.
- After New England waived Jonas Gray a couple of days ago, the leading rusher for this team in 2014 that is available on Thursday night is Julian Edelman, a wide receiver who had 94 yards on ten carries.
- Last year the Patriots had just 13 giveaways, and that tied for the fewest in the entire NFL.
Oh, and by the way, here are the odds on the game, as they are posted at Chinese Bookie, where they speak YOUR language in the customer support department, whether it is English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cantonese or Mandarin, and Bitcoin, a universal virtual currency, is accepted for deposits:
- New England Patriots -7 (-105)
- Pittsburgh Steelers +7 (-115)
- Over 52 points -110
- Under 52 points -110
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Written By Charles Jay