Patriots vs. Steelers Line: How Tom Brady’s Ruling is Affecting the Odds

Tom Brady is back, making the Patriots strong Week 1 favorites against the Steelers. (Getty)

Tom Brady is back, making the Patriots strong Week 1 favorites against the Steelers. (Getty)

That sound you hear is money pouring in on the New England Patriots following Judge Richard Berman‘s decision to overturn Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the news of the ruling:

Prior to the ruling, the Pats were 6.5-point favorites for their Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which suggests some were already anticipating Brady would win his appeal.

As OddsShark.com pointed out, the line moved to minus-7 within minutes at some places, while their odds to win the AFC East and the Super Bowl have also increased already.

For the Week 1 contest, you can bet it will continue to move in New England’s direction. The Pats are at a home with a full offensive arsenal (minus Brandon LaFell), while the Steelers will be without both Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant.

Moreover, if you’re a believer that Bill Belichick, Brady and Co. want to run up to score in a middle-finger-type-response to the NFL, the first game of the season on primetime is certainly a good opportunity to do that.

All things considered, with Brady back in tow, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Super Bowl champs were favored by double-digits come next Thursday night.

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