The New England Patriots head to Acrisure Stadium to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC matchup of backup quarterbacks. The Patriots recently benched starter Mac Jones in favor of 2022 fourth round pick Bailey Zappe, while the Steelers starting QB Kenny Pickett was injured last week, and now the former Chicago Bear first-round pick, Mitchell Trubisky, takes over the floundering Pittsburgh offense.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Steelers are currently favored over the Patriots in tonight’s game. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.
While the Steelers offense has it’s own troubles, New England is in a class all it’s own. They currently own the NFL’s worst offense, averaging only 12.3 points per game this season. To put that in perspective, the 2017 0-16 Cleveland Browns averaged 14.9 per game. This did not get much better with the insertion of Bailey Zappe at QB, who was unable to muster a single point last week against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Surprisingly, New England still technically has the better passing game out of the two teams though. The Patriots are currently ranked 23rd in the league with 186.8 yards per game, compared to Pittsburgh’s 28th ranked passing offense that is only averaging 179.6 yards per game.
This is why it’s possible the addition of Mitchell Trubisky to the offense may actually help some, as the Steelers can only go up from where they currently sit. There were rumors that Pittsburgh actually was considering benching Pickett before he was injured.
According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac, the team had talks about pulling their second-year quarterback to do his lack of success this season:
“After the Cleveland game, there was some discussion that maybe a change needed to be made at the position because of the way Pickett had been struggling for those three games, right up until the mess in Cleveland.
This game was hard to pick because, frankly, it’s probably going to lack some offensive scoring and excitement. I am taking New England to cover the spread, only because I think the ineptitude of the offenses will keep them both within three points of each other. I am taking Pittsburgh to win the game though, as I think they have the better defense, and at this point Bill Belichick may be playing (or not playing) for the draft position. Obviously, I am taking the under in this one as well.