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‘Thursday Night Football’ Pick and Open Thread: Patriots at Steelers

JSpenceTheKing gives you his best-bet SGP with DraftKings Sportsbook for tonight’s matchup!

NFL: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s matchup between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers is shaping up to be another boring midweek primetime matchup, with both teams facing challenges and changes as they head into this Thursday Night Football game on Amazon Prime Video at 8:15 p.m. EST.

For this game, the Steelers are currently favored with a -6 spread in DraftKings Sportsbook. This means that if you were to place a bet on the Steelers, they would need to win by at least seven points for your bet to be successful. On the other hand, if you were to place a bet on the Patriots, they could either win the game or lose by fewer than six points for your bet to be successful. The over/under has been set at 31.5, which means that the total combined score of both teams will need to be over or under this number for the bet to hit. The Moneyline is -245 for Pittsburgh and +200 for New England, which indicates how much you need to bet on either team to win $100. A negative value means that you need to bet that amount to win $100, while a positive value means that you will win that amount if you bet $100.

The Patriots are coming off a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, where they were unable to generate any offense and ultimately fell short with a score of 6-0. Head coach Bill Belichick made the bold decision to start Bailey Zappe at quarterback over Mac Jones, but the change didn’t pay off as the team struggled on offense, only managing 109 passing yards and a 4-of-14 third-down conversion rate. Despite this, the Patriots’ defense showed resilience by holding the Chargers to just six points and 241 total offensive yards. If the offense can find momentum, the Patriots have the potential to win a few games to close out the season.

The Steelers, on the other hand, have had a successful season with a 7-5 record, despite facing their own challenges. With quarterback Kenny Pickett likely to miss a few weeks due to an ankle injury, Mitch Trubisky is expected to step in as the starter. Trubisky showed promise in his relief appearance against the Arizona Cardinals, completing 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers’ defense has also been impacted by injuries, with inside linebacker Elandon Roberts going out with a groin injury. With Roberts potentially sidelined, the Steelers will need to rely on players like T.J. Watt to step up and offset the impact of their defensive losses.

Tonight, I believe the Steelers win by a score of 27-17. While the Patriots are unlikely to be shut out for a second consecutive week, their offensive struggles combined with potential injuries to key players could make it difficult for them to generate points. The Steelers have figured out how to win games regardless of what the stats say, and with Trubisky at the helm and players like Watt leading the defense, they have my trust more than the Patriots. Tonight’s game is one I probably would have flexed out, but with some good bets I can still look forward to the action.

Now for the fun stuff. Let’s talk parlays! In the world of sports betting, a parlay refers to combining multiple bets into a single wager. To win a parlay bet, all the individual wagers within the parlay must be successful. This type of bet offers higher potential payouts compared to individual bets if all the selected outcomes are correct. However, if even one of the bets loses, the entire parlay bet is lost. It’s a high-risk, high-reward betting strategy that can add excitement to football games by amplifying the potential winnings.

So let’s check out my suggestion for a good parlay tonight:

Parlay +575: Ezekiel Elliott over 40 rushing yards, Over .5 Mitchell Trubisky Passing TDs, Over 3.5 Total FGs Made

Ezekiel Elliott over 40 rushing yards (-145)

As I previously mentioned, if Rhamondre Stevenson can’t play then the Patriots will have to lean on Zeke. He’s had moments this season showing flashes of what made him great. There will be plenty of opportunity in this game and Elliott will make the most of it.

Bailey Zappe Over 175+ Passing Yards (+125)

A full week of reps with the first team should do Bailey Zappe a world of good. It won’t be enough to win the game by any means, but the offense will look better than it did last week against the Chargers. I’m also hoping for good chemistry with JuJu Smith-Schuster for a fun revenge game.

Over 3.5 Total FGs Made (+105)

I don’t expect fireworks in this game. There won’t be a blowout on either side. I expect the bulk of the scoring to come from special teams play. Struggling offenses will do enough to get in field goal range throughout the night. I expect both sides to get at least two field goals throughout the night.

A parlay, also known as an accumulator or combo bet, is a type of sports bet where multiple wagers are combined into a single bet. In a parlay, the bettor selects two or more outcomes and places a single bet on all of them. The outcome of each individual wager must be successful for the parlay bet to win.

This Parlay is +575. When a parlay is indicated as +575, it means that the potential payout for a winning bet is $575 for every $100 wagered. The plus sign indicates that it is the underdog or less likely outcome in the bet, while the number indicates the profit that would be made on a $100 bet. Therefore, if you were to place a $100 bet on a parlay with +575 odds and it wins, you would receive a total payout of $675 ($575 profit + $100 initial bet).

Betting can be an exciting and entertaining activity, but it is crucial to approach it with responsibility and caution. It is important to set limits for yourself before engaging in any form of gambling. Only bet an amount of money that you can comfortably afford to lose without impacting your well-being or financial stability. Bet responsibly and prioritize your overall well-being.

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