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Old 11-28-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Game of the week: Pittsburgh at New England

http://www.sportsline.com/print/nfl/story/11138457

(See story link for a pretty good video discussion of the game. - mesa)

Game of the week
By Clark Judge
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Pittsburgh at New England, 4:15 p.m. ET | Endzone

The line: Patriots by 1

The story: This comes down to three keys: Protection, protection, protection. If you have it, you win.

Pittsburgh hasn't had it, and neither have the Patriots. Poor Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 32 times, which ties him with the 49ers' J.T. O'Sullivan for second in the league. Any idea who leads? If you answered "Matt Cassel" you win three rounds with Gregg Doyel at his next amateur boxing night.

The problem here is the Patriots are up against the best pass rushing team in the AFC and one of the best in the business. The key will be how New England's tackles, tight ends and blocking backs handle the flurry of blitzes Cassel is bound to see -- with linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley leading the charge. All they have done this season is combine for 22.5 sacks and countless quarterback pressures. If the Patriots can't handle them, they can't handle the Steelers.

So, you say, maybe they keep them off balance with the run. Forget it. There's a better chance of Tom Brady playing in December. The Steelers held the Jacksonville Jaguars to 38 yards rushing and the Giants to 83 in 35 attempts. Running against these guys is a waste of time.

That takes us to the Steelers. They can run and probably will here ... Willie Parker or no Willie Parker. Pittsburgh didn't have him for games against Baltimore and Jacksonville, yet still won -- and won because it had the smarts to pick up Mewelde Moore. But if the Steelers can't, look for Roethlisberger to pick apart the Patriots' secondary.

The key, as we have said, is protection, protection, protection. The Steelers don't give it to Roethlisberger, who has absorbed almost as many blows this season as the Dow. But Big Ben catches a break with the Pats' defense because: 1) There is no Adalius Thomas, and 2) they have trouble getting to the quarterback. They have 21 sacks all season.

Give Roethlisberger time, and he will find receivers. Give Cassel time, and he might find receivers. The difference: One quarterback will have less time to find open targets, and it's not Big Ben.

Something to consider: Including the playoffs, the Patriots are 5-1 vs. the Steelers since 2000
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Game of the week Pittsburgh at New England,

I'm tired of the worry wort's saying we never beat the cheats and .....its a 4:15 game and....

The Steelers WILL WIN SUNDAY
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:43 PM   #3
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Default Re: Game of the week Pittsburgh at New England,

On Any Given Sunday..(even 4:15 ones)....

F**k New England.
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The Pats better watch out for #14.
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It's time to bring the pain! We will win this game I think Ben will have a huge day and lead to another win.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:31 PM   #8
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Default Re: Game of the week Pittsburgh at New England,

These are definite keys to the Steelers winning this game and I really believe our boyz are going to come out on top by a margin of more than 10.

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The problem here is the Patriots are up against the best pass rushing team in the AFC and one of the best in the business. The key will be how New England's tackles, tight ends and blocking backs handle the flurry of blitzes Cassel is bound to see -- with linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley leading the charge. All they have done this season is combine for 22.5 sacks and countless quarterback pressures. If the Patriots can't handle them, they can't handle the Steelers.

That takes us to the Steelers. They can run and probably will here ... Willie Parker or no Willie Parker. Pittsburgh didn't have him for games against Baltimore and Jacksonville, yet still won -- and won because it had the smarts to pick up Mewelde Moore. But if the Steelers can't, look for Roethlisberger to pick apart the Patriots' secondary.
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Something to consider: Including the playoffs, the Patriots are 5-1 vs. the Steelers since 2000
Those stats piss me off, but I know it was because they were CHEATING!

Think about the one win we did get. Ben was brand new to the league and a complete rogue when it comes to broken plays. There was no way Belicheat could adjust to his style. But once Ben started to play by the playbook a little more they once again used the video tape to get the edge.

I WANT A CRUSHING VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Got a feeling Timmons is going to be a big presence in this game.
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