2011 NFL Sunday Week 8:New England Patriots vs.
Pittsburgh SteelersOctober 25, 2010 by Marc Jerbs

On Sunday, the New England Patriots visits the Pittsburgh Steelers for a marquee AFC matchup between two possible SuperBowl contenders. Kickoff will start at 430PM ET at Steeler's Heinz Field.

The New England Patriots leads the AFC East with a 5-1 record. They have a three-game winning streak and are fresh from a bye week. Their last game was a 20-16 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

QB Tom Brady is still the heart and soul of the Patriots. Whenever he brings his vintage form, the team usually wins. Their sole loss could just be a slight aberration in the Patriots' hot start this season. The Patriots leads the NFL in average total passing yards while Brady's 350.5 passing yards per game is the best among his fellow quarterbacks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are unbeaten this season at their home turf, the Heinz Field. Steelers' pride is on the line as they want to improve their unblemished home record as well as their three-game winning streak.

The Steelers must bring their vaunted defense in order to stop Patriots high-octane offense led by QB Tom Brady. The Steelers' defense was on display during their win streak but they could still improve it more. The defensive line must not give Brady and the Patriots any comfort zone throughout the game.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the New England Patriots as a 2.5-point favorite to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Expect the Steelers to go down fighting until the end of the game.