New England Patriots training camp starts next week at Gillette Stadium, but the defending Super Bowl champs already are favorites to win their Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here's a look at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas' latest spreads and totals for every Week 1 game. The Patriots are 6-point favorites over the Steelers, and the game's total is 51.5 points.
The Patriots have won five of their last six games against the Steelers, including the 2016 AFC Championship Game, and their average margin of victory in those matchups is 12.8 points. Pittsburgh did beat New England at home last season, but the Steelers haven't beaten the Patriots in Foxboro since the 2008 season when Matt Cassel was starting at quarterback in place of an injured Tom Brady. The Steelers have never beaten Tom Brady in Gillette Stadium.
Vegas clearly isn't high on the Steelers' chances of ending that trend in Week 1, and it's hard to blame the oddsmakers. Pittsburgh lost wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell, arguably the two best players at their respective positions, in the offseason. Pittsburgh's once-feared defense also didn't look great for much of last season as the Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
The Patriots lost legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement and a few other notable players in free agency, but Brady is still the quarterback, Bill Belichick is still the head coach and the team's offense was bolstered in the draft with the selections of Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry and Alabama running back Damien Harris.
It's hard to envision the Patriots losing their season opener versus the Steelers, especially when the crowd is fired up after the pre-game ceremony where the Super Bowl LIII banner will be unveiled.
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