New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Head-to-Head Matchup

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Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback

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(12) calls out a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 55-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season begins Thursday night with the matchup between last years AFC North champion, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the reigning NFL Super Bowl champion, the New England Patriots. After the continuing debate about Tom Brady’s availability we finally know that he will not be one of the many suspended players in this game. The NFL chose a great game to start off the season as it features two of the best teams in the AFC.

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Both teams won’t be able to show their full potential as both teams have injury issues  and suspension problems. The Steelers will be missing Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant due to suspensions and Maurkice Pouncey due to injury. The Patriots will be without starting running back LaGarrette Blount, who will miss the game due to a suspension, and they will also be missing Brandon LaFell as well. Both teams defenses are still their biggest question marks and it will be very interesting to see how they both fair.

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