The Patriots will face ‘tough’ playing conditions against the Steelers, Belichick

10/30/11 in NFL   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

The football block is buzzing with talk of just one topic this weekend and it is on the blockbuster battle this Sunday between NFL heavyweights; the New England Patriots and the Pittsburg Steelers. The match which will take place at Heinz Field today, is set to provide a huge boost to the winner in race to the playoffs.

Pittsburg Steelers will be hosting the Patriots after thrashing the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 last Sunday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been pivotal for Steelers’ victory this season, helping them to a tally of 5-2. Running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receiver Mike Wallace have also been under the spotlight with consistent performances.

Meanwhile the Patriots arrive well-rested from their bye week. Patriots will be looking to improve their stats of 5-1 this weekend but for that to happen stars of this season; quarterback Tom Brady, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and wide receiver Wes Welker will have to be in sublime form.

Coaches from both sides Bill Belichick (Patriots) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of each other. The Patriots can boast about a superior offensive line up but it’s the Steelers who have impregnable defense.

Giving a small preview about the match in his recent press conference, Belichick said, “Closing up the week here on Pittsburgh. Been a long week, it's been a good week. [We] can always use the extra time to prepare for the Steelers - they do a lot of things that are tough for us to prepare for. Looking forward to getting back on the field. It's been a good, productive week. It's good to see some of the guys out there that we haven't seen for a little while. Hopefully we'll be able to tie up a few loose ends today and be ready to go on Sunday.”

Belichick also assessed the playing conditions at Heinz Field and commented on how difficult it will be to play there. The kicking and passing game affected, however Belichick informed that the Patriots had been working hard on these departments.

Belichick said, “We do that every game. We try to familiarize ourselves with all the things that pertain to the game -the lights, the wind, the sun, the field, their 40-second clock, the scoreboard, all those things. That's part of every game's preparation. We played there last year. We play on grass, every day so I don't think it's that big a deal.”
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