Patriots are road favorites again visiting Steelers on Week 15 NFL odds


The New England Patriots (9-4) have been favored in all of their road games so far this season, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. So it should not be too surprising then to see the Patriots as two-point favorites on the Week 15 NFL odds at sportsbooks visiting the slumping Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1) in their road finale at Heinz Field on Sunday.

A bigger concern for New England is the fact that the team has lost four of seven games away from home in 2018, including last week's wild 34-33 defeat to the Miami Dolphins as a nine-point favorite. The Patriots allowed the Dolphins the opportunity to run one more offensive play at the end of that AFC East matchup and paid the price when they surrendered the game-winning score.

A similar late-season loss at Miami cost them home-field advantage in the playoffs three years ago, and the Denver Broncos ended up going on to win the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is suffering through a three-game losing streak and has also dropped the past five meetings with New England, including the playoffs. The Steelers are hoping to have running back James Conner in the lineup after he missed last week's stunning 24-21 road loss to the Oakland Raiders with a high-ankle sprain.

Conner has been receiving treatment and hopes to play, but is considered questionable on the team's injury report as of midweek.

Pittsburgh closed as a 10-point favorite at online betting sites at Oakland and has dropped each game during its current skid in that role after putting together a six-game winning streak. The Steelers own a half-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North, and the second-place team might not make the postseason depending on how the other contending conference teams perform down the stretch. That makes this game critical for the host.

However, this is also a big game for the Patriots and their chances of earning one of the two first-round byes in the AFC. They trail the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the conference heading into the week's action and are tied with the Houston Texans, who visit the New York Jets on Saturday, holding tiebreakers over both teams due to head-to-head home wins earlier this year.

New England has mostly thrived in this situation recently, going 9-1 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in the team's last 10 road games versus teams with winning records.

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