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    I can seriously see some role reversal between these two teams tomorrow

    Usually you see the Steelers ground and pound while the Patriots go most of the time in the air.

    I think with the lack of depth all over the Pats secondary,I really believe the Pats offense will be all out to try and get a ground game going with BJGE and Ridley with Woodhead in the mix and Faulk on third down.

    Everyone expects a large scoring game with Brady throwing wild,but I think this time it may be a different approach.

    I see the Steelers abandoning the ground attack and throwing much of the time while the Pats try to control the clock instead of playing into a scoring fest.

    This game might not be such a shootout as most think...if the Pats can get a running game going it will keep a weak secondary off the field more,the Steelers have suddenly become a quick paced offense and I am hoping the Pats can slow the tempo down with slow,long drives if they can.

    We need to control the clock,that's going to be the difference between a win and a loss..the only way to keep a thin secondary from being exposed is to not have them out there too often.
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    Nothing would make me happier than to pound the ball down the Steelers throat.

    But I fear there's also a good chance of a little deja vu tomorrow. Going into Pittsburgh on Halloween in a game that most of us think we should win fairly easy based on our superior record and our past success against Pittsburgh. A season ending injury to one of our top CB's leaves the position paper thin and Ben has a big day while their defense torments Brady.

    Up until a couple days ago I thought there was almost zero chance we'd lose this game but right now I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pretty darn nervous.
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    You know it's downright frightening when a Pats fan says we lost one of our Top CBs to a season ending injury...when in reality that CB has only played sparingly and in his rookie season and really has only had flashes here and there :eek:

    That just tells us the weakness we really have back there.
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    Steelers have not been a 'ground and pound' team for about four years now. I'm guessing that you'd have to go back to 2007 to when the ratio of play calling for pass/run was higher for the Pats than it was for the Steelers. I get a laugh when I see some so called expert analysts still talking about the Steelers as if it was the late 90s and Jerome Bettis' early years in Pittsburgh. The Steelers pass just as much if not more than the Pats do, and have for a while.
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    It will go down the same way as usual. Steelers D gets shredded by Brady. Our D does enough to slow them down- despite guys like Wallace they have hardly been an offensive juggernaut.
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    Predicting the future is tricky business.
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    Yeah it is pretty scary, I shudder to think what it'll look like if McCourty or Arrington get injured. You going to the game?
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    The Patriots aren't lacking depth in the secondary, they will have a full amount of active DBs.

    Why? They are a D that values stopping the run, and there players are put into positions that accentuate their weakness when you spread them out and throw.
    I don't doubt we can run successfully, but that is going to come from spreading them out throwing and taking them out of what they want to do.

    I see the game going a lot like last year. We get out to a big lead because they have a very hard time stopping what we do to them. Them trying ot be balanced to stay on the field and keep Brady off, then they put up passing yardage trying to come back from a big deficit and 4 weeks from now people cite the stats they piled up in a hopeless attempt to make it close as the reason our D stinks.
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    I am nervous..but i still think pats pull it out..i just hope the pats don't take it lightly because of their past record vs them
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    Good Point! Media & public perception always think of Steelers as Ground&Pound but in fact it has changed last few yrs.
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    The Steelers defense has their own issues. For a LB-dominated team, they are missing Harrison, Farrior and Worilds. That means the Pats will be facing Woodley, Sylvester, Foote and Timmons (playing outside where he is much less effective) across the field with almost no depth behind them.

    On the OL, the Steelers are still throwing out a patchwork group at the same time that the Pats are getting stronger on the DL. If the Pats were throwing Starks, Kemoeatu, Pouncey, Foster and Gilbert in front of Brady, this board would be roasting the Pats FO.

    If Brady has all day to throw and Ben is seeing the backs of his OL being pushed into him, the Pats' DBs aren't going to be an issue. If Brady is out of sync and Ben is able to extend plays, it really won't matter who the Pats have in coverage.
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    As in the NFL always expect the unexpected

    Prognosticators all this week are projecting this game to be a 38-34 type scoring fest...just when you think you have it figured out it ends up being a 24-17 lower scoring battle.

    I think the score will be lower than most think and I am thinking Ridley could be the star of our show instead of Welker,Gronk Ect:
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