By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots will kick off the 2015 NFL regular season at home tonight when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Pats and Steelers last met in 2013, with New England winning at home by a final score of 55-31.
The Patriots will have their star quarterback Tom Brady under center tonight in Foxborough, who will likely be carrying a chip on his shoulder in to tonight’s game.
New England will be without the services of starting running back LeGarrette Blount tonight, as he is currently serving a suspension.
Expect Rob Gronkowski to have a big game tonight, as he is facing a Steelers defense who struggled for the better part of the 2014 season.
On defense the Pats will look a lot different from last season. The Pats lost corners Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, as well as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to play spoiler at Gillette Stadium this evening.
The Steelers have split their last four meetings with the Pats, earning a 33-10 road victory seven years ago in New England.
Ben Roethlisberger will likely be throwing the ball a lot this evening, as Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is out for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Pittsburgh’s star receiver Antonio Brown should have a big game tonight against a questionable Pats secondary.
The Steelers have gone 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games as road underdogs.
Las Vegas currently has New England pegged as a -6.5 point favorite, with the over/under listed as 54.5 points.
This game has the potential to be a shootout, as both teams sport amazing offenses and lackluster defenses.
I predict that the Patriots will win this game by a final score of 34-23.
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