It’s been the controversial storyline to the off-season, but now ‘Deflategate’ is settled, Tom Brady is free to help Super Bowl champions New England Patriots lay down a marker against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 NFL opener.
Having escaped a potential ban, 38-year-old quarter back Brady will line-up at the Gillette Stadium hoping he can silence any jeers with some pinpoint passing, against an exciting Pittsburgh roster some are tipping for a post-season tilt in their early projections.
Ladbrokes’ money-line suggests the hosts can start the regular season with a bang.
New England are priced as 5/16 favourites to defeat Pittsburgh, at 5/2, the franchise which finished two places below the AFC Conference champs in 2014.
With Brady slotted into the offensive playmaker role Pats fans feared he’d have to vacate for a time, the points spread is set at -7, making the hosts 20/21 shots for victory in the market.
As is always the case, there have been some significant personnel changes through the off-season, and the general perception is that both defenses have suffered.
For Bill Belichick’s Pats, three important cogs have been lost in the shape of corner backs Kyle Arrington, Brandon Browner and Darrelle Reavis.
Meanwhile, the Steelers start the campaign without celebrated defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau calling the shots, replaced by Keith Butler, so the defense is expected to take time to gel in a transitional season.
Indeed, Mike Tomlin’s charges have allowed a whopping 26 points per game in pre-season, so there is every chance 10/11 pays out on the 52.0 total point line being breached in Foxsborough, Massachusetts.
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In terms of exponents for this offer, Antonio Brown’s $2m pay rise for the Steelers indicates the value they place in their star wide receiver.
Brown will be Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger’s chief port of call having clocked up 1,698 receiving yards last season and landing 13 TD’s.
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