One of the featured matches of this weekend will take place on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Head coaches, Mike Tomlin and Bill Belichick are eagerly anticipating the face-off. Tomlin and Belichick believe that a victory in this encounter would give their teams a healthy advantage on the NFL table.
Steelers (5-2) will play against the Patriots after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 last weekend. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receiver Mike Wallace are the leading cult figures for the Steelers this season.
In the last two matches; Roethlisberger has passed for 561 yards, Mendenhall has rushed for 178 yards and Wallace has received for 194 yards. Patriots (5-1) will have to halt their progress if they want to win this face-off.
Patriots will arrive at Pittsburg after resting for a week. Belichick admits his team has been practicing in the bye week to get ahead of the Steelers. Patriots last match was against the Dallas Cowboys which they won by 20-16. Quarterback Tom Brady and Co. posted an untraditional 20-16 win over the Cowboys in a match where Patriots defense was more impressive than their offence.
Starry performances from Brady, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and wide receiver Wes Welker has made them household names for the Patriots this season. Brady’s performance will of course be the pivot for Patriots’ victory; however their new and improved defense can also prove to be the key for an easier victory.
Belichick gave a small preview of the match in his latest press conference. Belichick said, “Feels like we're back in the division again. The Steelers - [we] had a lot of chance to look at them here over the last few days - [we] got a jump on them last week. They look good as usual. [They're] well coached, good in all three phases of the game, real explosive team, can score from literally anywhere on the field: on defense with their strip sacks and turnovers and offensively and offensively and the kicking game with their explosive skill players.”
Belichick added, “Their backs have had long runs, their receivers have had long passes, obviously particularly [Mike] Wallace. They've had big plays in the return game. They're a real solid team, well coached, good players. It's always a tough team to play. We have a lot of work to do here. We got a good start on yesterday and we'll try to build on that here through the next three days.”