Gameday Game Center: Patriots - Steelers

<p>Halloween game day around the league with week 8 matchups, including the Game of the Week, the (6-0) New England Patriots at the (5-1) Pittsburgh Steelers. Will the Steelers headed by rookie QB sensation, Ben Roethlisberger, and free agent pickup RB, Duce Staley, be able to do what teams in 21 other games have not? </p> <p> Today's gameday game center has links to all the scoreboards, injury reports, rosters and info you need to know for today's matchup.</p>

PHOTO: New England Patriots safety Tebucky Jones, left, intercepts a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart, not shown, to stop a Pittsburgh drive late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in Pittsburgh. The Patriots beat the Steelers, 24-17. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

Pregame Notes: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

The New England Patriots take their winning streak and previous good fortune on the road to Hienz field to play the streaking Pittsburgh Steelers today. The Steelers have had a major resurgence when rookie QB, Ben Roethlisberger replaced QB, Tommy Maddox after game two. Maddox, who injured his throwing arm elbow, has been sidelined ever since, and it isn't looking like he's going to be able to regain his starting position unless something drastic happens to the rookie.

The Steelers are 4-0 with Roethlisberger at the helm. Should the Steelers line be able to thwart the Patriots pass rush, Roethlisberger is sure to have another good day. Key injuries to the Patriots secondary, have forced them to play rookies in place of veterans like Tyrone Poole who is on this weeks injury report.

The Patriots offensive line which has done an amazing job of protecting QB, Tom Brady, is facing its toughest challenge now that the second starting Tackle, Tom Ashworth has been scratched from the lineup with a bad back.

The Patriots are one of the top 5 teams in the NFL in sacks vs sacks given up. A quarterback sack can change the complexion of a game for the both the offense and defense. This season, the top five teams with the highest sack differential -- defined as sacks by the defense minus sacks allowed by the offense have a combined 26-5 record (.839). The top five teams in the category and their record:

Philadelphia +11 (6-0), Indianapolis +10 (4-2), New England +10 (6-0), NY Jets +10 (5-1), Denver +8 (5-2)

Notes of Interest:

  • The Patriots played their inaugural game in Gillette Stadium against Pittsburgh on Sept. 9, 2002
  • Patriots linebacker Roman Phifer and Steelers linebacker James Farrior were on the same defensive unit with the New York Jets in 1999 and 2000
  • Former Patriots practice squad member Russell Stuvaints is now on the Steelers active roster at strong safety
  • Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel played in 51 games with the Steelers from 1997-2000. He totaled 43 tackles, including seven sacks while with the Steelers


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Patriots (6-0) Vs Steelers (5-1)
October 31, 2004
4:05 PM EST
Hienz Field
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OUT: WR, Deion Branch, FB Patrick Pass, T, Tom Ashworth


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Givens can really move chains
First-Down Freddie Mitchell has nothing on David Givens. The New England receiver is automatic; Givens has caught 24 passes this season, and each one has gone for a first down.

"I think whenever you throw it past the first-down sticks, he catches it," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. "And if he catches it short of the first-down sticks, he will turn around and run over some guys. He has really done a great job of running after the catch this year.
(South Bend Tribune)

Still on a roll, Patriots return to the place their mini-dynasty began
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New England Patriots return Sunday to the place where it all started.

No, not their unprecedented run of 21 consecutive victories or their NFL-record 18 regular-season wins in a row — streaks that could be severely tested by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 4-0 with rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger starting.
( Foster Citizen)

‘I’m living and breathing Boston sports right now’
People tend to remember details of their own personal lives when reflecting on historic occasions, whether the circumstances were tragic or joyous. Count the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series as the latter.
(Portsmouth Herald)

When early lead sets the tone, Patriots can sing a happy tune
FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots say there are no secrets to their 21-game winning streak. They prepare all week for every situation. They work hard in practice. They play hard for 60 minutes.
(Maine Press Herald)

Scouting Report: New England Patriots
PITTSBURGH -- So what will it be this week, Charlie Weis? Give the ball to Tom Brady, spread the field with wide receivers, backs and tight ends? Or put two tight ends out there and let the team play smashmouth in front of Corey Dillon?
(Boston Herald)

Brady makes Patriots a winner
Just like the team for which he plays, Tom Brady is underappreciated, even underrated, if such a thing is possible for a two-time Super Bowl MVP. There he is, the winningest quarterback in the modern Super Bowl era, undefeated in playoffs and overtime, and he might not make the list of the five top quarterbacks in the NFL.
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)





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