They may not be in the same division, but the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots has turned into one of the NFL’s better ones the last decade or so.
Unfortunately this matchup have the same importance as recent seasons.
The Patriots enter Week 9 in sole possession of first place. At 6-2, their lead in the AFC East is as big as any divisional lead in football. The Steelers on the other hand have fallen out of contention. Their 2-5 record has them in last place and three games out of first in the AFC North.
Even though this matchup features two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and New England’s Tom Brady, both teams have struggled to score.
The Steelers and Patriots rank 28th and 17th, respectively, in points per game. The Steelers haven’t put up more than 19 points since September, and Brady was held to just 116 passing yards last week. Brady is also on pace to throw for only 18 touchdowns, which would be his lowest total since he became the full-time starter in 2001.
However any time these two historic franchise hook it up, the chance is always there for a classic football game.
Who has the edge?
Let’s take a look.
When: Sunday, November 3
Time: 4:25 pm EST
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA.
Live Stream: NFL.com Live Stream
Spread: New England (-6.5)
Rankings: Offense (Steelers 23rd; Patriots 18th); Defense (Steelers fourth, Patriots 19th)
Last Meeting: Pittsburgh 25-17, October 30, 2011
All-Time Series: Steelers 15-11