Last time these two teams met was least season in Heinz Field. Big Ben held on to the ball too long earlier on in the game in key situations while the Patriots were racking up the yards in each quarter. It was until late in the fourth quarter where the Steelers made the game look some-what close but ultimately they came up short 39-26. Rookie TE Rob Gronkowski stole the show with three touchdowns while Tom Brady threw for 350 yards on 43 attempts. The Patriots are 6-1 against the Steelers in their last 7 games and Big Ben has only beaten the Patriots once in his career, but Tom Brady wasn’t even playing!
Something has got to give. We know how great the Steelers are and have been in recent years but it seems as though the Patriots have their number. The Patriots were devastated going into last year’s game against the Steelers after losing to the Cleveland Browns (34-14) and Brady was fired up more than normal playing the Steelers last season. Believe it or not emotion plays a huge part in wins and losses in the NFL and these are the variables that go unseen week to week in the NFL.
The Steelers have to play mistake free football this time around but will it be enough? Tom Brady has only been sacked 11 times thus far this season and the Steelers will be with-out 4-time pro bowl player James Harrison (turnover machine) for this one. The Steelers have to run the ball more in this game than in the past this season if they want to keep Brady off the field to win the game. A trick play or two if needed could also help the Steelers in a monkey off their back win against the Patriots this week, but regardless, this game should go down to the wire. With the Patriots coming off of a bye I think it’s going to be too difficult for the Steelers to beat the Patriots despite how bad they want it. Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will be the x factors in this game that gives the Patriots the edge. I like the Patriots to win 27-24.