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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots: Five Keys to a PIT Victory
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The streak of prime time games will end at three this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots play to gain control of the AFC.

Given the competitiveness in the AFC, this game will be key to the Steelers positioning themselves for the playoffs.

A win over New England would keep Pittsburgh on top of the conference as well as provide the team with a moral boost by defeating their nemesis.

If they lose it will not be the end of the season but another loss to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots can be a tough mental hurdle to overcome.

Pittsburgh will have a distinct home field advantage where Steelers fans have been waiting nearly a month for a home game and will be fired up for the national game under the lights.

A matchup between two quarterbacks who have combined for five Super Bowl championships makes for an exciting game.

There is no doubt that Brady will be throwing early and often given how the Steelers pass defense has played lately. Look for him to attack William Gay and Bryant McFadden who have allowed a lot of completions this season.

For Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger will want to steal the spotlight from Brady and could exploit the vulnerable Patriots defense over the top to Mike Wallace. If healthy, Heath Miller is also due for a big game.

Whichever quarterback is more productive will likely come out on top and have their respective team in control of the AFC.

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