New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 7 Predictions 10/23/16

Once again, the New England Patriots managed to get through an entire game without throwing an interception. Although he was banned for the first four games of the year, since making his way back to the field, he has not appeared to be rusty in any way. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter then used another 37-yard catch and run by Gronkowski to set up Blount's second touchdown run that put New England up 11 with just under 12 minutes to go.

"It's going to always be good to get your players back", Bell said.

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One that left little doubt about where the balance of power lies in the AFC as the season reaches its midway point.

The most recent contest was the season opener a year ago when the New England Patriots running out 28-21 winners at Gillette Stadium. Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 of 34 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions.

Blount, facing Pittsburgh for the first time since the Steelers cut him when he walked off the field with the clock still running in November 2014, hurt the Steelers after halftime.

"Look, a loss is a loss", said Jarvis Jones. "We got Gronkowski going down the middle, then Gronkowski going the opposite way". So what about other ways of preventing the Patriots' tight end from destroying the Pittsburgh secondary?

In just four games against the Steelers, Gronkowski has averaged 100.8 yards per game and has seven touchdowns.

"I thought we had a good plan", linebacker Aruthur Moats said. "This is bad right now". As a result, the Pittsburgh Steelers was torched by New England's passing game. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can.

One of the few during three hours in which Jones filled in capably for Ben Roethlisberger, who offered what he could on the sideline while wearing sweatpants over the left knee he had surgically repaired last Monday.

The Eagles (4-2) snapped a two-game slide while the rested Vikings (5-1) hardly looked like an unbeaten team after having a bye.

Yes, the Steelers stayed within a score of the powerhouse Patriots into the fourth quarter, in spite of playing without their quarterback, their best defensive player and a handful of other starters and top reserves. And the normally reliable Ryan Allen shanked one punt 25 yards, only to be rescued when Boswell missed a 42-yard field goal attempt at the end of the possession. "The balance of the offense, running the ball and passing the ball, is huge, and to see him come in and run the ball super hard downhill, it's just awesome". Maybe Seattle, which is 6-to-1 odd behind the Patriots, on Sunday night in Foxboro will be a true test.

New England (6-1) remained flawless since Brady returned from his four-game "Deflategate" suspension and while the Patriots lost a pair of fumbles they also didn't throw an interception, making them the third team since 1960 to get through the first seven weeks of the season without throwing it to the other team, joining the 1960 Browns and 2008 Redskins.

Pittsburgh is off next week, a much-needed respite for a team that had five regular contributors unavailable on Sunday due to injury.

Despite the loss, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the first place in the AFC North.



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