Defense Will Dominate When Steelers Face Patriots

October 29, 2013 12:00 PM
Defense Will Dominate When Steelers Face Patriots
By Gregory Hunt

" The New England Patriots will play their final game before their bye week when they meet the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Gillette Stadium. It will also be the start of a break from division play, as they won’t meet another AFC East opponent until they travel to Miami to face the Dolphins December 15.

Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders rushes for a nineteen yard gain, avoiding the tackle of Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Credit, Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Season Record

The Steelers are having an uncharacteristically poor season, coming into this game with a 2-5 record. Last week at Oakland, a fourth-quarter comeback fell short as Pittsburgh lost to the Raiders 21-18. The Steelers are 14-8 all time against New England in the regular season, but only 1-3 against the Patriots in the playoffs. Including the playoffs, New England quarterback Tom Brady is 6-2 against Pittsburgh, but the Steelers won the most recent meeting 25-17 at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011.

Pittsburgh On Offense

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger presents a special challenge for the Patriots "

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