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FanPulse: Patriots fans’ confidence is down, but Steelers fans rank at the bottom

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Patriots fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

New England Patriots fans’ confidence in the team dropped after a last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins, reaching its third-lowest point of the season. Just 58% of fans are confident in the direction of the team, barely edging out the 51% after the week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and the 31% after losing to the Detroit Lions in week 3.

But never fear, fans of the Patriots’ upcoming opponent are in a worse spot. Just 12% of Pittsburgh Steelers fans are confident in the direction of their team, tied for 8th-worst in the league. The Steelers are riding a three-game losing streak, including one to the hapless Oakland Raiders.

To make it even more laughable, Steelers fans are more confident that they’ll lose to the Patriots than New England fans are in victory. While Patriots fans project an average victory of 4 points for New England, Steelers fans project a 7-point Patriots win. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a fanbase out-project their opponent.

The average of the two projections would be a 5.5-point road victory for the Patriots. Do you think New England can cover that spread?

Poll

How will the Patriots fare in Pittsburgh?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Patriots win by 6 or more points
    (315 votes)
  • 25%
    Patriots win by 5 or fewer points
    (139 votes)
  • 16%
    Steelers win
    (88 votes)
542 votes total Vote Now