New England Patriots and Pittsburgh will face off at 8:20 p.m. ET Sept. 8 at Gillette Stadium to kick off their 2019 seasons. New England was 11-5 last season and, of course, capped off the postseason with a 13-3 victory over the Rams in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh was not at the top of the league last year, but they wrapped up the year with a winning record of 9-6-1
A pair of last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Patriots were second in rushing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2018 season giving up only seven. As for Pittsburgh, they ranked first in the league in sacks, closing the season with 52 overall. We’ll find out if either of these strengths ends up making the difference in the contest.
Patriots Game Live has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. These early season matchups can go either way as both teams get back into playing shape.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $215.00
The Patriots are a solid 5.5 point favorite against the Steelers.
Bob Socci: Play-by-Play
Six seasons, three Super Bowl championships: it’s been a great ride for Bob Socci as the radio voice of the Patriots. Socci returns for his seventh season in the booth as play-by-play broadcaster on 98.5 The Sports Hub and its New England-wide network. He’s won rave reviews for his enthusiasm and accuracy since taking the helm for the 2013 campaign. Before joining the Patriots, Bob served as the voice of the Naval Academy Midshipmen for 16 seasons, and called Triple A baseball, most recently for the Pawtucket Red Sox, for a decade.
Scott Zolak: Action Analyst
He spent eight seasons in a Patriots uniform, and now Scott Zolak returns for an eighth season as action analyst on the Network. The former quarterback served a season on the sidelines as an on-field reporter in 2011, and prior to that was a member of our pre and postgame panel for six seasons. He hosts the midday Zolak and Bertrand Show on the flagship 98.5 The Sports Hub; he also co-hosts WBZ-TV’s Patriots All Access and TV38’s Patriots This Week. He’s served as an analyst on Channel 4’s Patriots Gameday and Patriots Fifth Quarter for the last 18 seasons.
PRE & POST GAME TEAM
Marc Bertrand – Pre and Postgame Host
Marc Bertrand returns for a fifth season as host of Patriots Preview. The co-host of the Sports Hub’s midday show, Bertrand helmed the “Patriots Pregame Social” on Patriots.com for 2 seasons. A UMass grad, he won Associated Press awards for both his play-by-play and talk shows covering the Minutemen. Marc is also a frequent contributor to NBC Sports Boston. He’ll guide the ship on Patriots Postgame for three hours after every game as well, breaking down the game, airing postgame press conferences and giving the fans a chance to react.
Chris Gasper – Patriots Pregame co-host
Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist Chris Gasper is back for his twelfth season on Patriots Preview, his fifth as a full-fledged co-host. Gasper first covered the Patriots for the Globe in 2003 and followed the team on a full-time basis from 2006 til mid-2009, before being promoted to online columnist in 2010. In his current columnist role, the Lynn, MA native provides insight and analysis of and opinion on the Patriots, as well the other Boston sports teams on Boston.com and in the Globe. Gasper is also a 98.5 The Sports Hub weekend co-host on the Gasper & Murray show on Saturdays mornings.
Bert Breer – Patriots Pregame contributor
He’s well-connected and well-respected: Bert Breer brings a national perspective to Patriots Pregame. Prior to his current role with TheMMQB.com, Breer spent five seasons as a correspondent for the NFL Network. He’s also served as the national football writer for the Boston Globe; covered the Patriots for the Metrowest Daily News, the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News, and served as national football correspondent for The Sporting News.
Jeff Howe – Patriots Pregame contributor
The Patriots beat reporter for The Athletic returns for a fourth season as a regular contributor on Patriots Preview. The Lowell native and UMass graduate has covered the Pats since 2009, most recently for the Boston Herald. Jeff appears regularly on the Sports Hub and NBC Sports Boston, and along with Scott Zolak, he coauthored “If These Walls Could Talk: New England Patriots”, a compilation of some of the more memorable moments in franchise history.
Jim Murray – Patriots Postgame co-host
Jim Murray, a native of Melrose, Massachusetts, is a 20-year broadcast professional, who has been behind the microphone and in front of the camera at many outlets, including 98.5 The Sports Hub, Patriots.com, NBC Sports Boston, G4 Television Network, 101.7 WFNX, 92.9 The Game (Atlanta), Connoisseur Media, SiriusXM and Pandora. He’s currently heard weekdays on the flagship station’s Felger & Massarotti program, and he co-hosts Gasper & Murray on Saturday mornings. In addition to his extensive broadcasting and on-air host experience, Jim is also a long time voiceover artist. Jim holds an Associates degree in communications from the Art Institute of Boston.
2019 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS RADIO NETWORK
Thursday, August 8th – at Detroit, Pregame – 4:30 PM, Kickoff – 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17th – at Tennessee, Pregame – 4:00 PM, Kickoff – 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 22nd – Carolina, Pregame – 4:30 PM, Kickoff – 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 29th – NY Giants, Pregame – 4:30 PM, Kickoff – 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 8th – Pittsburgh, Pregame – 5:30 PM, Kickoff – 8:20 PM
Sunday, September 15th – at Miami, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 22nd – NY Jets, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 29th – at Buffalo, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 6th – at Washington, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM*
Thursday, October 10th – NY Giants, Pregame – 5:30 PM, Kickoff – 8:20 PM
Monday, October 21st – at NY Jets, Pregame – 5:30 PM, Kickoff – 8:15 PM
Sunday, October 27th – Cleveland, Pregame – 1:30 PM, Kickoff – 4:25 PM*
Sunday, November 3rd – at Baltimore, Pregame – 5:30 PM, Kickoff – 8:20 PM*
Sunday November 10th – BYE WEEK
Sunday, November 17th – at Philadelphia, Pregame – 1:30 PM, Kickoff – 4:25 PM*
Sunday, November 24th – Dallas, Pregame – 1:30 PM, Kickoff – 4:25 PM*
Sunday, December 1st – at Houston, Pregame – 5:30 PM, Kickoff – 8:20 PM*
Sunday, December 8th – Kansas City, Pregame – 1:30 PM, Kickoff – 4:25 PM*
Sunday, December 15th – at Cincinnati, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM*
Sunday, December 21st – Buffalo, Pregame – TBA #, Kickoff – TBA #
Sunday, December 29th – Miami, Pregame – 10:00 AM, Kickoff – 1:00 PM*