the afc heavyweights
The New England Patriots lost to a subpar Miami Dolphins football team, and although the world didn’t end….Jay Cutler outperformed Tom Brady. 24 hours prior, The Pittsburgh Steelers won a 15 round heavyweight bout vs their bitter division rivals Baltimore Ravens. A Baltimore Ravens team who entered the game with an uninspiring offense and stingy defense yet the final score was 39-38, just goes to show that division games don’t make sense. The Steelers confidence is sky high as they sit atop the conference. Entering the AFC championship game last year, the Steelers confidence was high as well.
However, a deflating defeat that came with a half assed performance brought a quick halt to the Steelers super bowl hopes as the New England Patriots won the game 36-17
The Steelers are the number one seed in December for the first time in a long time and the Criminal Enterprise known as the New England Patriots are coming to town.
This game will pretty much decide whether New England will have to come back to the Steel City in January or whether once again the road to February will go through Foxborough Massachussets. Last year New England traveled to Pittsburgh in week 7 of the NFL and won 27-16, however Pittsburgh was without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger so the result was expected.
This year Ben is playing and coming with him is a full arsenal of offensive weapons vs a New England defense that is strong in the secondary but very weak in the front seven. The linebackers are not very good and the defensive line sometimes disappears during games. Both teams are entering the game without their star linebacker however the defensive front for Steelers is frightening led by the Iron Man Cam Heyward. The Steelers secondary is also better equipped this time around with second year guys Artie Burns and Sean Davis continuing to progress and produce.
Veteran cornerback Joe Haden is expected to be back this Sunday after a broken fibula sidelined him for several weeks. On paper, the Steelers are better equipped than they have been in several years to take on Patriots. This Sunday means much more to Pittsburgh. The Steel City will fade to rust if The Enterprise empties the ketchup bottle.