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    I thought I would try to put together some game previews, thoughts, opinions, keys to the game and other pre-game analysis in one place. Please feel free to go ahead and add your own thoughts, stats, columns, or anything else about the game at Pittsburgh here.



    For starters, here's the latest on Pittsburgh's injuries:

    Six Steelers sit out practice - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


    This is from Thursday:

    Kemoeatu questionable with knee, ankle injuries - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


    And from earlier in the week:

    Starks placed on IR; Scott activated | Steelers.com
     
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    Would love to hear Jays52's take on what we'll have on our hands for Sunday night and how we'll game-plan.
     
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    Matt Boutwell of the Maine Sports Network talks to a Pittsburgh newspaper about what Steeler fans can expect from the Patriots.

    Another view - View From The Press Box


    Peek at the Week: Curtains for Pats in Pittsburgh? - NFL - CBSSports.com Football


    Patriots-Steelers is NFL Game of the Week - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
     
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    Nice job jmt57, I completely forgot about Heath Miller being hurt. He always seems to be one of Big Ben's favourite red zone targets.
     
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    I agree, I'd be very interested in hearing that myself.



    Five things to know about Steelers - Boston.com


    Jeff Howe brings up a lot of other really good points in the column below; this is the best preview I have seen on this game:

    Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers Ground Attack Will Cause Trouble For Patriots Defense - Scouting Report - NESN.com
     
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    Howe also had a Q&A with a Steelers fan blog:

    Steelers Vs. Patriots: Behind the Steel Curtain Talks With NESN - Behind the Steel Curtain


    Glen Farley: Big Ben adds to Steelers' physical presence - The Quincy Patriot Ledger


    Big Ben large problem for Patriots - Rich Garven - Worcester Telegram


    Playing physical, containing Roethlisberger just some of the keys to a Pats victory | Robert Lee | The Providence Journal
     
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    i think the pats should go 5 wide ,spread them out and throw on them from the beginning. Not sure if we have the people to run a 5 wide offense.
     
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    If nothing else try to get their defense running east-west to slow them down as well? I recall the Pats doing that against the Ravens early with quick sideline passes and an end around.



    Fred Taylor sounds like he'll be playing in this column; he talks about running against Pittsburgh's defense: It Is What It Is - Fred Taylor on D&H: New respect for turf toe


    On the Steelers: Coach good at plugging line holes - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    NFL.com news: Week 10 full of great matchups, including Brady-Polamalu - Gil Brandt
     
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    Maybe, maybe not. It woud have to be Branch, Welker, Hernandez, Tate, and Edelman. Maybe you throw Gronk in there too.
     
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    Spread, but with 2 TEs and sub-runs with Woodhead. That's where it's at. Gotta find a way to get all 3 TEs on the field at times though - not enough Crump last week, guy is a devastating blocker at times.
     
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    Like I said in the other thread this depends alot on the health of Branch and Welker. If we can beat Pittsburgh it's on the underneath quick routes where their strength [pass rush] is nullified and their weakness [corners] can be exploited. The only questions are a) how effective are Branch and Welker right now, and b) can we do well enough in other phases of the offense to keep the defense honest, and not be too predictable with the intermediate passing game. To be honest, I'm not very confident with either of those points for this week, tough matchup for us IMO. Hope I'm wrong though
     
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    Update on the Pittsburgh injuries; DE Aaron Smith is officially out.

    It Is What It Is - Steelers injury report Friday: Aaron Smith ruled out

    Here's the Pats injury report; safety Jarrad Page is out again.
    It Is What It Is - Pats injury report Friday: Tom Brady ‘probable’


    A boatload of stats in the following WEEI link; here's a portion of those:
    It Is What It Is - Nuggetpalooza’s Patriots Preview: At Pittsburgh
     
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    Bruschi's Breakdown: Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss break down Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN Boston
    Patriots' defense vs. Steelers' offense
    Patriots' offense vs. Steelers' defense


    Sports Tonight: How to attack the Steelers 'D'
    Brian Lowe thinks the Steelers' corners are susceptible, and talks about the importance of the tight ends in the passing game.

    Sports Tonight: On how to manage Brady, handle Roethlisberger
    Gary Tanguay sees Brady's ankle and missing practice as an issue of concern, and talks about the defensive line needing to step up and forcing Roethlisberger to make a mistake. He sees the Pats needing to use speed and schemes in order to win because the straight up the Steelers are a better team. He and Lou Merloni also compare Troy Polamalu and Pat Chung, and their importance to their team's defenses.



    Ian Rapoport thinks Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace are two weapons the Patriots will struggle with in the column for Pro Football Weekly.
    ProFootballWeekly.com - Five questions with Patriots correspondent Ian Rapoport


    ProFootballWeekly.com - Patriots-Steelers matchup of the day: Wednesday
     
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    Patriots Daily gives us a column with a reference to Shane Falco, another with a reference to the river that caught on fire, and also one with an in depth look at six key Steeler players.

    First, here's a column by a person that just joined this forum ten hours ago.

    Patriots Daily | Matchups Of The Week - Patriots at Steelers | Dan Zeigarnik


    Patriots Daily | Worry Wart - Game Nine at Steelers | Chris Warner


    Patriots Daily | First Impressions - Pittsburgh Steelers | Greg Doyle
     
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    Patriots Football Weekly | From the Hart: Prime time Pittsburgh Friday Six-Pack | Andy Hart


    On the Steelers: Fill-ins on offense know the ropes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    Steelers' 'D' coming up with big stops - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


    Steelers' Miller returns to practice, ready to play vs. Patriots - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


    Gorman: Practice makes perfect for Pats' Ventrone - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


    Pittsburgh Sports news and schedules - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Neither team has done anything significant against the spread recently, but perhaps the over is the way to go for those that are inclined to risking their money. The Pats have gone over six out of eight times this year, and the Steelers have gone over three out of four times since Roethlisberger returned.


    The Philadelphia Inquirer | The Smart Money: This season, underdogs rule


    Just for fun, I came across this when I was searching for previews:
    Matchup analysis: Patriots at Steelers - NFL- NBC Sports
     
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    Thanks for posting all those analysis, jmt57. Good reading.
     
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    I am still surprised Taylor Price is not in the mix. If there were ever a game for a young guy to break out (remember Branch 2002 opening night) - it would be in a game where we go in with 5 wide and dink and dunk them silly.
     
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    Pittsburgh Weather Forecast and Conditions

    Right now there's a light rain in Pittsburgh with 60% chance of rain today, 30% chance of rain tonight. Looking at the hourly forecast it looks like the chance of rain during the game is lower, but the rain could affect the field and therefore the way the game is played today. I would think a slower field would benefit the Steelers; the Pats advantage over the Steelers defense is their speed, which could be neutralized by a slower turf. It could also result in both teams going for it on 4th downs rather than attempting a field goal.
     
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    On one of the pre-game shows this morning there was an interview with somebody from a Pittsburgh TV or radio station. He was saying that the Steelers much prefer to run the ball to the left rather than the right, but with LT Max Starks and LG Chris Kemoeatu out that could change. On the other side there is past his prime Flozell Adams and career backup Ramon Foster, so he thinks the Steelers will pass the ball much more today than they have in the past.

    I was kind of surprised to hear that considering the success that Cleveland had running the ball last week. Even with their injuries I would think Pittsburgh would run the ball until the Pats prove they can stop the run.



    Here are some more columns from Pittsburgh newspapers.


    A look at the Pats-Steelers history which has to be very painful for Pittsburgh fans to read since it recounts the games with the real reasons why those games were won or lost and no mention of spygate:
    On the Steelers: Top spot in the AFC up for grabs


    In the eyes of this writer the Patriots now have zero deep game. It's also a bizarrely horrible editing job; the first half of the column is on this week's game and the second half is about last week's game:
    Head to head: Steelers S Troy Polamalu vs. Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez

    Game Nine Matchup: Steelers vs. Patriots

    Steelers have best run defense ever, so far

    With two running backs knocked out of last week's game the Steelers were on the verge of inserting Troy Polamalu at RB.
    Cook: Mendenhall gaining yards, team's trust

    Breaking down Steelers vs. Patriots - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Belichick and Brady soaring as NFL couple - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
     
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