Pittsburgh at New England AFC Championship Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Pittsburgh at New England AFC Championship Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Written by on January 16, 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers set an NFL postseason record for field goals in a game (6) with their 18-16 elimination of the Kansas City Chiefs on a frosty night down at Arrowhead Stadium. The day before, the New England Patriots eliminated the Houston Texans, the remaining playoff pretender, from the postseason ranks. The stage is set, once again, for an AFC Championship game at New England’s Gillette Stadium. Let’s take a look at this matchup and all of our NFL lines for the conference championships.

Pittsburgh at New England AFC Championship Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 6:40 pm ET Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA TV: CBS Radio: Pittsburgh / New England Stream Option: NFL Live NFL Odds: New England Patriots -5.5

Why should you bet on the Steelers?

This game will really pit the dynamic Pittsburgh offense against the #1 defense in terms of points allowed, as the Patriots only permitted 15.6 points per game from the opposition. Tailback Le’Veon Bell was the hero for the Steelers against Kansas City, breaking the Chiefs’ will with pounding run after pounding run. The Steelers never made their way into the end zone, but they were able to move the ball far enough to score on six drives, giving them enough points to outscore a Chief team that found the end zone twice. Remember that, when the Patriots beat the Steelers in Week 7, the Steelers had backup Landry Jones at quarterback in that 27-16 setback. While the Steelers don’t have the best secondary, their front seven largely shut down the Kansas City running game and kept quarterback Alex Smith on the run for most of the night.

Why should you put your money on the Patriots?

While the Steelers have Bell, the Patriots have linebacker Dont’a Hightower; while the Steelers have gifted wideout Antonio Brown, the Patriots have shutdown cornerback Malcolm Butler. On the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots have tailback Dion Lewis, who became the first player ever to score touchdowns via pass reception, running play and kick return in the Patriots’ win over Houston. Pittsburgh can assign either inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons or Ryan Shazier to keep an eye on him, but Lewis could be the real game-changer once again. So even without tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots still have plenty of weapons.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The fact that Kansas City kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone all night worried me, and Roethlisberger does have a tendency to throw interceptions at just the wrong time. I like Pittsburgh to put up a big fight at Gillette Stadium…but I like New England to take advantage of some key mistakes and win, 27-21.