PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-5) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-2) GAME PRE-CAP
In career vs. Patriots, QB Ben Rothlisberger has 3-3 regular season record with 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs and a 95.3 rating. In his past two games against the Patriots, Roethlisberger has passed for 752 yards with 5 TDs and 2 INTs with a 97.7 rating. He accumulated 199 TD passes and needs 1 more to join HOFer Terry Bradshaw (212) as only the only Steelers to reach 200 in their career. Ben also has a 89-44 (.669) record as the starter. Since 2011, the Steelers are 14-2 (.875) when they reach 100+ rush yards in a game. Rookie RB Le’veon Bell aims for his 3rd straight game with rush TD. WR Antonio Brown has reached 50 receptions for the 3rd straight season averaging an NFL-best 8 catches per game in 2013 so far. Brown had 9 receptions for 67 yards with a TD in his last game against the Patriots. WR Emmanuel Sanders tied his career-best with 7 receptions last week. Sanders has had a touchdown in 2 of past 3 games. TE Heath Miller had 7 catches for 85 yards in last meeting versus the Patriots. LB Lamarr Woodley has (57) 5th-most sacks by a Steeler since ’82. Woodley has had 3 sacks in 3 career games against New England. S Troy Polamalu had sack and an interception last week, he also had INT in last game at New England. LB Lawrence Timmons leads team with 59 tackles.
The New England Patriots aim for their 7th consecutive win in November. In past 3 games against the Steelers, QB Tom Brady has completed 86 of 124 passes (69.4 pct.) for 947 yards with 9 TDs with 0 Interceptions and a rating of 115.9. Brady has 343 career TD passes and he is tied for 4th-most in NFL history with Drew Brees for 343. Brady also comes in with a 33-10 (.767) record as starter in November. RB Stevan Ridley has 4 rush TDs in the past 3 games. RB Brandon Bolden aims for his 3rd straight game with rush TD. In 2 career games versus Pittsburgh, TE Rob Gronkowski has had 12 catches for 166 yards with 3 TD catches. Gronkowski currently at 197 needs 3 catches to reach 200 for his career. Since 2011, Gronkowski has 28 TD receptions, tied for 3rd-most in NFL. WR and Punt Returner Julian Edelman has career-best in catches with 48 and receiving yards of 462 in 2013. The Patriots defense has forced a turnover in 35 consecutive games, longest active streak in the NFL. Registering a season-best 6 sacks last week, DE Chandler Jones has a career-best 6.5 sacks this season…Rookie DT Chris Jones ranks 1st among NFL rookies with 4.5 sacks. Rookie CB Logan Ryan had a career-best 2 sacks last week against the Miami Dolphins and Rookie S Duron Harmon registered his 1st INT of his career last week.
|STREAKS||2 of past 3||5 of past 8|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Tomlin: 2-2||Belichick: 9-11|
|LAST WEEK||L 21-18 at Raiders||W 27-17 vs. Dolphins|
|LAST GAME||10/30/11: Patriots 17 at Steelers 25. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 365 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers defense allows 213 total net yards (43 rushing, 170 passing).|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/30/08: Steelers 33, Patriots 10. Pittsburgh defense forces 5 turnovers (3 FRs, 2 INTs) as Ben Roethlisberger throws TD to WRs Santonio Holmes (19 yards) & Hines Ward (11).|
|PASSING||Roethlisberger: 172-260-1,930-8-7-87.2||Brady: 171-307-1,824-9-6-74.9|
|RUSHING||Bell (R): 64-208-3.3-3||Ridley: 92-399-4.3-4 (T3C)|
|RECEIVING||A. Brown: 56 (1L)-630 (3C)-11.3-2||Edelman: 48-462-9.6-2|
|SACKS||Woodley: 5||Cha. Jones: 6.5|
|INTs||5 tied: 1||Talib: 4 (T1L)|
|PUNTING||Mesko: 42.5||Allen (R): 46.2|
|KICKING||Suisham: 55 (10/10 PAT; 15/17 FG)||Gostkowski: 77 (2L) (17/17 PAT; 20/21 FG)|
By Sergio Peralta