Patriots vs. Steelers: 10 Observations from the Validating Week 8 Win

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Patriots vs. Steelers: 10 Observations from the Validating Week 8 Win
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When the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Halloween, Brady and his peers ought to call Pennsylvania by a new name: Transylvania.

Instead of having his blood sucked from his neck, Brady essentially got bit in the rear as he watched the Steelers offense drink the real life blood of the game: time of possession. 

With the New England offense on the sidelines as time continually ticked away, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense drained away precious scoring opportunities.

Like in 2004, the Steelers held the football for twice as long as the Patriots.  Unlike the spooky holiday seven years prior, the Pittsburgh field general spent the afternoon being Big Ben Brady. 

Using a predominant passing attack, the hapless New England secondary was further exposed, surely causing many to question the legitimacy of Super Bowl aspirations in Boston.

While one week doesn't make a season, the victory was much needed for the 'Burgh.  The Black and Gold have validated their 6-2 record.  Meanwhile, Belichick and Co. have to wonder how far one unit can carry another; the defensive secondary looked awful.

In an exciting 25-17 finish, the pendulum of power continues to both swing and circle on an axis around the AFC.  Who would have predicted Pittsburgh sitting atop the conference through Week 8, especially during the tumultuous first month?

While a tough battle lies ahead against Baltimore, a refreshing victory (at last!) over New England merits another look back.  Here are 10 observations from the satisfying win.

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