While going through this morning and putting together the Patriots links, here are some from the Pittsburgh media on Sunday’s game:
Steelers need to create turnovers – John Mehno
Mehno writes that this game won’t define the Steelers’ season, but it will give them a pretty good idea of where they stand. He writes that they’ll need to finish Sunday’s game with at least two interceptions – which would match their total for the season.
PITTSBURGH POST GAZZETTE:
On the Steelers: Patriots game not as big as next one – Ed Bouchette
Bouchette writes that this game isn’t as big as it’s being made out to be, since Pittsburgh has managed to get around the Patriots without having to go through them in the playoffs to win two Super Bowl titles.
This week’s result all in the numbers – Gene Collier
Collier goes over some scenarios and notes some different numbers that Pittsburgh may need to put together in order to beat the Patriots on Sunday.
ZOLAK: Steelers Should Throw – Jeff Oliver
I posted this in the Patriots morning links entry, but if you missed it Oliver has an interesting piece this morning with comments from 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak, who gave his thoughts about Sunday’s game in this piece.
Hampton could return for Sunday’s game – Scott Brown
Brown has some injury updates, and notes that Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton is expected to return to practice today, and may play Sunday against New England.
Patriots’ defense porous for a reason – Scott Brown
Brown looks at New England’s defense and notes that the numbers against them are high primarily because teams have been battling from behind quite a bit this season. As a result, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isn’t taking them lightly.
“If you come in and think they’re the 32nd-best defense in football, you’re kidding yourself,” Tomlin said of the Patriots, who visit Heinz Field on Sunday for an AFC showdown. “That’s a function of them just whacking people and being way out in front.”
BEAVER COUNTY TIMES:
Advanced Scouting: The Patriots – Mike Bires
Bires takes a look at the Patriots and writes that while the Patriots may be last defensively, if ever there’s a case of statistics failing to tell the whole story, this is it.