Steelers vs. Patriots: Game Thread

The Steelers return home after a three-game road trip with another big prime time matchup, this time with the New England Patriots. Both teams are coming in with plenty of injuries (you know about the Steelers … and James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report, listed as questionable due to bask spasms) as the Patriots will be without running back Fred Taylor, defensive lineman Myron Pryor and starting guard Stephen Neal.

It’s gameday, and this is your game thread. So go crazy, people. Go Crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Ben’s totals against the Patriots, including playoffs:

    Five games, 141 attempts, 80 completions, 1004 yards, nine touchdowns, four interceptions. Passer rating 88.49.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Five of our eight starting OL and DL are out. Of the other 3, one is a rookie and another is Trai Essex. Zoinks, Scoobs.

    I can’t tell how much credit should go to Kugler for the OL and Everest for ST coverage. But without the improvements in both this year, we’d be up a creek (or crick, in Pittsburghese).

    • Gretz

      So you’re saying the o-line is being held together with gum bands? We can debate this over a pop.

  • RoB D

    In the back corner of my mind, I can see Brady having one of those ultra accurate games he has had against us in the past. Then I realize he doesn’t have those kind of weapons anymore as even Welker doesn’t seem to be the same player after his injury. I like Lebeau’s philosophy of making the offense run a lot of plays till they either run out of time or make a mistake. THe problem with Brady in his prime years was he was unerringly accurate.

    I hope they erase some of those memories for me tonight. It’s a pivotal game for both teams I feel. Get the crowd in it early..and let’s beat these guys.

    • RoB D

      And to think I was worried…

      We showed em…

  • KyRx

    My call: 20-17 us. They lead until we come back in the end and score a TD.

  • Randy Steele

    I hate night games. Win or lose, I won’t recover from this until maybe Tuesday afternoon.

  • Brandon

    our receivers need to catch the easy passes, and ben needs to be a little more accurate. our d is finally starting to play a little better, but jesus william gay cannot man up with anyone.

  • Rich

    Maybe, just maybe, this team can actually draft a DB with a high pick. Gay/McFadden/Clark just are not good enough in coverage, and we see it year after year.

  • Rich

    I mean..how many times can Gay and McFadden get beat in one game? AGAINST A TEAM WITHOUT A DEEP THREAT??!! I know, lets draft 18 linebackers again next year, while pretending this isn’t a passing league.

  • Brandon

    does anyone tell our d that players coming out of the backfield can catch the ball? rb’s/te’s are wide open every play. and why would you attempt an onside kick with 7 min left with all 3 timeouts?

    and lastly for my pissed of were gonna lose this game rage, where the hell has polamalu been the last 3-4 games? does he still play for us?

    • Rich

      He’s probably tired of trying to cover-up the McFadden/Gay mistakes game in and game out. I would be too. Just so we’re clear, William Gay, a CB, was beaten by a TE THREE TIMES. A TIGHT END FOLKS. OUR NICKLEBACK!! But hey, lets draft more LBs.

      Anyway, you try an onside kick because you have no faith in your defense. I agree with the decision.

      • FW

        We went a tad light on LB in the 2010 draft.

        JMO.

    • Rich

      He’s probably tired of trying to cover-up the McFadden/Gay mistakes game in and game out. I would be too. Just so we’re clear, William Gay, a CB, was beaten by a TE THREE TIMES. A TIGHT END FOLKS. OUR NICKLEBACK!! But hey, lets draft more LBs.

      Anyway, you try an onside kick because you have no faith in your defense. I agree with the decision.

  • Rich

    William Gay, lol. This team cannot compete against teams with elite QBs who can simply dink and dunk. We’ve had this problem ever since Tom Brady beat us in the AFC title game.