WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL
The once-feared Steelers pass rush has been punchless this season. That’s sweet music to the Patriots as they’ve gone against a fleet of solid pass rush groups and had their issues. The strength of the Steelers defense is now in the secondary with Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark prowling. Tom Brady knows what it takes to undress the Pittsburgh defense – he’s done it enough in the past – but getting his running mates to be in concert with him is vital. Stevan Ridley, whose ball-carrying talent has been inexplicably on ice the past two weeks, will have room to run against Pittsburgh which is allowing 4.0 yards per carry. The best Steelers defender currently is Lawrence Timmons. The linebacker will be in matchups with Marcus Cannon on Sunday. With the slot position having been quiet the past two weeks, don’t be surprised if it re-emerges on Sunday.