Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) attempts to escape from the grasp of Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers vs. Patriots: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Time and Predictions

Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles for a first down against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

In an AFC battle between two of the three current NFL QBs with multiple Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady and the 6-2 New England Patriots host Ben Roethlisberger and the 2-5 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

When: November 3, 2013, 4:25 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind

 

Steelers Player to Watch: Antonio Brown

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates a first down against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Look for the Steelers to get Brown going early and often. He has one of the highest usage rates of any receiver in the NFL this season. Pittsburgh will look to get Brown the ball in space, utilizing his speed on bubble screens and reverses. Brown’s 56 receptions rank second in the NFL.

 

Patriots Player to Watch: Stevan Ridley

Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

True we will be watching Ridley, although we may not get to until the second quarter. Bill Belichick has been starting the game off with Brandon Bolden and Legarrette Blount, and then inserting Ridley into the game around the third offensive series or so. This year’s Steeler defense is far from the Steel Curtain, or even the Pittsburgh defensive squads of the last few years. Ridley has been among the best running backs over the last three weeks, so three quarters of action should be enough for him to produce.

 

Matchup to Watch: Le’Veon Bell vs. Patriots run defense

Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le

The rookie Bell has been productive since becoming the Steelers starting RB in Week 4. This Patriots defense ranks 31st against the run, due in part to the season-ending injuries of Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Against a bruising back like Bell, this New England front seven will be under a lot pressure.

 

Prediction

Even though there are major holes in the Patriots defense, the most gaping holes in this game will be in the Pittsburgh O-line. It seems that the Steelers lose a new offensive lineman every game, so this Patriots pass rush should be able to get to Roethlisbergers. And even though the Patriots offense has stalled more frequently this year, they shouldn’t have trouble against a unit that cannot stop the run and is average against the pass. Look for the Patriots to grab a lead in this one, and hold on in a tight game.

Patriots 27, Steelers 20

 

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