TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by CBS on Sunday, November 3 at4:25 PM EST and can be seen in Boston on WBZ-TV Channel 4. Jim Nantz will handle playby- play duties with Phil Simms providing color. The game will be produced by Lance Barrow and directed by Mike Arnold.
NATIONAL RADIO: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by ESPN Radio. Sean McDonough and Bill Polian will call the game. Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sidelines.
The Patriots shouldn’t have a winning record but they have Brady and Belichick and all they know how to do is win.
The Steelers have Todd Haley and so far all he knows how to do is tick off the city of Pittsburgh.
This game could be a great game or it could be ugly, but either way, here are the keys to the game.
– The Patriots have to run the ball and they have to let Ridley run it. Ridley is there best back and you have to wonder why Belichick and McDaniels are reluctant to give him a lot of touches. But, when they run, they are more successful on offense and they put up more points so tomorrow against a good pass defense they will need to run.
– The offensive line hasn’t been playing like we are accustomed to seeing and now they have lost one of their two best offensive linemen in Vollmer for the season. Things could get worse for the Pats but Marcus Cannon has to step up and be a diamond in the rough.
The evidence of Brady getting hit too much is all over his big, swollen, hurt throwing hand. The hits can be just as bad as the sacks and New England needs to protect Tom Brady if they want him to be Brady of old.
Stop the Run
– The Patriots run defense has been giving up big gains up the heart of their defense and Le’Veon Bell is a guy who can take advantage of that. The Pats banged up run defense has to pull together to stop him and tomorrow will give us a glimpse into the run defense for the season since Tommy Kelly will be out for the year. That is 3 big losses on defense but the Pats traded for DT Isaac Sopoaga and he is very good at stopping the run. He will be watched by Pats Nation in his first game and becomes an important part of the run defense tomorrow.
Making the Steelers one dimensional against a very good secondary of New England will go a long way in securing another win.
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