Last season when they met the Patriots easily rolled to a 34-13 victory against an injury ridden team. This season both teams suffer from the injury bug but the Steelers defense will feature a healthy Aaron Smith up front and Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark solidifying the back.
Matt Cassell has surely felt a surge in confidence after consecutive 400+ yard passing games. This week he’ll feel the pressure of James Harrison and Lamar Woodley. Look for the Patriots running game to be stuffed and their passing game contained.
The Steelers offense should be able to grind out 24 points against a Patriots defense that ranks about average or below compared to those the Steelers have faced so far. Give the Steelers defense that much wiggle room and the boys should have a happy flight home Sunday evening.
Prediction: Steelers win 24-16.