Patriots Game Live: 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.
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 Patriots Game Live
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.
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.
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 “Pat iots 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.