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Steelers now bigger underdogs after Brady ruling

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Now that Tom Brady will be playing in next Thursday's season opener, the New England Patriots are even bigger favorites to win.

Originally posted as a 3- or 3.5-point favorite, the Patriots are now favored by roughly a touchdown on most boards, according to VegasInsider.com via Pro Football Talk. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was originally penciled in as the starter when Brady's four-game suspension was announced by the league.

Suspensions to running back Le'Veon Bell and receiver Martavis Bryant, coupled with the absence of center Maurkice Pouncey due to an ankle injury will have the Steelers without three of their best players on offense.

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