Steelers-Patriots line off the board at multiple sports books


The vast majority of NFL players have no bearing on how odds and point spreads are set.

Tom Brady is not one of those players.

Multiple Nevada sports books pulled the Steelers-Patriots Week One line off the board after Brady was cast in an somewhat unfavorable light in Wednesday’s Wells Report, thus generating speculation the Patriots’ star quarterback could face NFL discipline, including a possible suspension.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which listed New England as a 6.5-point favorite, is among the books to take the Pittsburgh-New England line off the board. Line-monitoring websites and both show multiple books having removed the game from betting.

If Brady is unavailable for Week One, the point spread would move to pick ’em, Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race and sports book operations at the SuperBook, told PFT in an email Wednesday.

However, all other Patriots odds remain open for wagering, Kornegay said.

“We’ll monitor and go from there,” he said.

Oddsmaker William Hill U.S. also pulled Steelers-Patriots off the board, and it also took down the AFC East odds. It has left up the AFC and Super Bowl odds for the time being, but those would change if Brady misses any time, William Hill U.S. director of marketing Michael Grodsky said.

The MGM Resorts International sports books reduced the prices on the Patriots’ AFC East competitors in divisional-odds betting but left them on the board, said Jay Rood, the company’s vice president of race and sports. MGM also lowered the odds on the Colts and Ravens, Rood said, in the event of any “suspension(s),” as he wrote in an email to PFT.

48 responses to “Steelers-Patriots line off the board at multiple sports books

  1. Steelers once again very lucky. Their chances of winning this game increased tremendously. Can anyone even pronounce the name of the Patriots’ back up QB?

  2. “I am not a Thief” Richard Nixon
    “I did not have sex with that woman” Bill Clinton
    “I am not a cheater” Tom Brady

    That is some fine company to hang your hat with.

  3. Just out of curiosity, what is the over/under in Vegas of Brady announcing his retirement if he is suspended?
    Secondly, if he is suspended, what are the repercussions to his contractual guarantees? Could the Patriots use this to get out of the massive cap hit that looms over them in a few years?

  4. Not only is Brady likely to be suspended, but he isn’t going to be able to play with those underinflated footballs anymore. I would not draft him in your fantasy league.

  5. There is no way the Pats are goin 16-0 especially if Tom Brady is gonna be suspended, its funny how they dont mention that Bell is gonna be suspended for Three games, what a joke

  6. Rules, smules….but when you upset the bettors in Vegas…, you got a problem on your hands.

  7. Hey Pat homers, if you wanna do a repeat of 18 – 1, that’s fine. We all remember how deflated you and yours were after freaking Eli crushed your dreams.

  8. First off, Brady does not have any big cap hits upcoming even if he was fired. Second, he doesn’t need deflated footballs to torch a D. The Super Bowl proved it.

  9. It has been replaced with the over/under on how many Superbowls, combined, they would have won if not for various methods of cheating…

    The Steelers – winless in the playoffs since Rydze was jailed for steroids.

    The Pats – like crabgrass their more varied methods of cheating just keep popping up.

    Combined over / under should be at 1

  10. lucasbabe1978 says:
    May 7, 2015 11:54 AM

    Good luck with 16-0 without Brady because he deserves 4 game suspension
    Some of the down votes must be disagreement with the 4 games. 1 year is the starting point before Brady and the NFLPA waste 500k on lawyers.

  11. Some of the down votes must be disagreement with the 4 games. 1 year is the starting point before Brady and the NFLPA waste 500k on lawyers.
    The NFL has such a good record when things end up in actual court rooms in front of actual judges.

  12. The more I read, the more I like Buffalo’s chances this season… GO BILLS…!!!

  13. citizenstrange says:
    May 7, 2015 1:24 PM
    If the Steelers can hold the Pats to 9 points or less Big Ben might be able to pull off an upset here.


    Funny — I remember people saying this before the Steelers-Colts game last year.

  14. Hmmmmm. Let’s think about this for a minute.
    1. Patriots need a QB for week 1.
    2. Chip Kelly will probably cut at least one QB prior to the start of the regular season.
    3. Patriots need a QB that owns the Steelers
    4. TIM TEBOW!!!!

  15. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn”

    The Steelers were in the playoffs in 2014.

  16. The NFL suspended all those Saints for the entire season for somehting that doesn’t seem half as bad.
    Tom was caught cheating for most of the 2014 season and through the playoffs.
    The NFL probably wont take away the SB trophy like they should, but Tom could very well get a whole season to think about his behavior…

  17. >TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn<

    The Steelers live inside your head forever.

  18. we’re not going to win I know we’re not against the Patriots the Patriots are cheaters I know their going cheat once the ball land in their hands after the coin gets flipped that’s when it starts they cheat from start to end they can’t win with out cheating that’s impossible

  19. The Steelers’ defense is a huge question mark with all the turnover in personnel, but the entire team should just quit life if they manage to lose to a QB in his first NFL start. It’s like losing to the Raiders multiple times over the last decade. Or Tim Tebow. Or the Jets last year.

    Ugh never mind, Garoppolo will probably throw for 400 yards if he starts. Steel Curtain baby!

  20. Belichick was always intrigued by Tim Tebow. I know this makes Steelers’ fan nervous since they haven’t won a playoff game since January 2011.

  21. kurdishpats1 says:May 7, 2015 11:38 AM

    I see another 16-0 season coming up. I wouldn’t want to be an opponent of the Pats this year.

    Unless its the Giants in the Super Bowl

  22. This will be a fascinating game. Both teams have a history of cheating (i.e. Interfering with returners, Spygate, Deflategate), both have players that are either facing life sentences or should be facing life sentences. Both will be playing without their star players due to either on field cheating or illegal drug use/DUI/endangering innocent people. If the NFL had real integrity, it would cancel the game and credit each team with a loss.

  23. Well, this certainly has to thrill the TV network. First, Bell, and now possibly Brady. Hey, the league’s gotta do what they gotta do, but you kinda hate seeing the game excitement go down a bit with these star players out.

    Still, no matter what QB New England goes with, he won’t be as mediocre as Joe Flacco.

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