Saturday, November 2, 2013

Steelers @ Patriots Preview Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Steelers (2-5) At Patriots (6-2)
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. 4:25 p.m. ET CBS

The last road game the Steelers won against the Patriots was on Nov. 30, 2008. The Steelers have never beaten Tom Brady in New England. In fact, Brady is 6-2 against the Steelers.

But the Steelers are not concerned about those statistics. They're more concerned about getting back into playing Steelers football. Coach Tomlin still believes those areas that need to be fixed can be even after the embarrassing loss to the Raiders last week. "Our record is our record. There's nothing we can do about what has been played," said Tomlin earlier this week.

However, one statistic sticks out like a broken tibia. Namely, the Steelers have been disappointing in accumulating rushing yards. While the NFL overall average is almost 814 yards, the Steelers are sitting on a lowly 481 yards. Add to that, the Steelers are now tied for 27th in the league for scoring averaging 17.9 points per game. In other words, offensive production is conspicuous by its absence.

Ben Roethlisberger is going to also have to up his game especially in picks. He's currently sitting on 7, just one shy of his overall total all of last season.  Moreover, of the Patriots 10 interceptions, seven have been at home. However, there is some good news for the Steelers. Tom Brady is not playing as well as he has in the past. His passing rating is currently 70.9---20.7 below his career mark.

Probable Inactive List:

Landry Jones, Markus Wheaton, Curtin Brown and David DeCastro (R ankle injury last week against the Raiders)., Fox Sports