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Old 01-25-2010, 03:27 PM   #105

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Default Re: 2010 Steelers Journal


Two of the biggest franchises of the 21st century collide in Gillette Stadium as the 3-2 New England Patriots will try to hand the 5-0 Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss of the season on ESPN Monday Night Football.


Pittsburgh Defense vs New England Offense
The Steelers defense are at it's best and are only giving up 11.7 points per game and 204.6 yards per game, the defense is pretty impenetrable and it will go up against a offense renowned for a high prolific passing attack something that has not existed this season as Tom Brady and the Patriots are ranked 17th in total offense. They are still getting it done by just about scoring 25 points a game, but against a stellar defense it's no match. Look for William Gay and Troy Polamalu to blank Randy Moss the whole game whilst Tom Brady will throw most balls to Joe Burnett who has allowed 4 catches last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Santonio Holmes vs Chris Gamble

One of the more intriguing matchups this week. A underperforming Steelers offense that is still getting it done is scary, but there averaging only 263.3 yards per game. Santonio Holmes has recieved the bulk of the receptions but has a low average per carry. Whilst Mike Wallace remains heavily the deep threat of the team since 2009 look for Julios Jones to make a splash instead of Santonio this week. With the Steelers having a strong 3 wide reciever set it's not functioning consistently this year and against a cornerback duo of Chris Gamble, Nate Clements and Leigh Bodden it might not be great this week either.
Advantage:New England

Rolando McClain vs Matt Forte

The Pittsburgh Steelers run defense has allowed a low 72.4 yards per game but have allowed Ronnie Brown and Michael Turner to have 70+ games with some good carries. The New England Patriots run game in a pass first offense is averaging around 113.7 yards per game. To set up the pass against a stingy Steelers defense Matt Forte might need to come and show up tonight.

Rashard Mendenhall vs Jerod Mayo

The Steelers have used Rashard Mendenhall alot more each year and this year he is averaging 21 carries per game and a high 4.2 yars per carry, last week he was entirely shut down and seemed consistent this season, after a great early start in the year his performence took a steady decrease the past week. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers and Reggie Bush to take a few carries to relieve Mendenhall and keep the offense fresh.
Advantage:New England

Mike Tomlin vs Monte Kiffin

In five seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has won 2 super bowls, 4 divisional titles and looks poised for another deep playoff run. The defense since 2007 has been ranked #1 five years straight. Since Monte Kiffin has taken over the Patriots have looked shakey at times and are chasing the 4-1 Jets for the divisional title. Although there offense has not looked great this year there defense has certainly improved and are ranked #7 in total defense allowing 283.2 yards per game.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
The Steelers look like they are already about to clinch there division with Cincinnati and Baltimore performing so bad but the dark horse and the emergence of the Cleveland Browns are only trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers by 1 game. It's a must win game for the Steelers to keep the #1 seed in their division and keep up with the 5-0 Titans and 5-0 Colts. The New England Patriots are severley struggling this year but a win tonight at home would not only boost their momentum but chances at a higher seed with a decent record of 4-2 and possibly 5-2 beating the Ravens heading into the bye week.

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