Patriots Defense Gives Steelers An Opportunity To Use Bell In Passing Game

Roger Goodell won't be in New England on Sunday

Those who are honest will say Tom Brady is an upgrade over Ben Roethlisberger, although Roethlisberger has his own style of play, but other than that.the Steelers have an offense which is superior. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the road team, and they will take on the New England Patriots.

Had the commissioner traveled to Foxborough this weekend, it would have been his first trip to Gillette Stadium since winning his court battle against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Deflategate case. His team has lost seven of 10 in the series since he was drafted, going 3-6-1 against the spread.

If both the Patriots and Packers win their respective conference championships on Sunday, the two No. 12's will go head to head in the Super Bowl for the first time on February 5. The Patriots were monumental 16-point favorites and covered that spread with a 34-16 win.

The Steelers know the key in this game has been their blueprint for success the later part of the season, set the pace of the game with Le'Veon Bell.

David Steele: Spend as little time as possible extracting intel from their October meeting at Heinz Field, which the Patriots won comfortably.

This will be the second straight weekend Goodell has been to Atlanta as he was there for the Falcons-Seahawks game last Saturday.

"At the end of the day, it's another football game, and I just have to approach it like that, just the way I've been approaching every single game this year. But you ain't got to tell them we're coming", said the Steelers coach according to CBS Sports.

Toomey and Warren have placed a friendly wager on the game, and the victor will get beer.

For example, when asked his thoughts on playing in a record 11th conference championship game, he decided this wasn't the time for elaboration. And their Super Bowl odds have gradually risen. Overall, New England is 33-4 at home since 2013.

And it brings a thankful end to the uneven portion of a postseason that lacked a memorable game until the Packers-Cowboys thriller last Sunday. "But make no mistake about it, those guys are growing with each outing, and that's just a very natural thing". David Steele of The Sporting News picks the Patriots to win 29-24, while his colleague Vinnie Iyer predicts an upset with the Steelers squeaking by with 27-24. He'll be back this time for what the Steelers hope will be a better effort all around.