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Week 9 NFL Preview: Patriots-Steelers in Foxboro

Tom Brady and Big Ben (www.wagerminds.com)

In last week’s game, the Patriots were down by 17-3 by half time. Tom Brady then turned everything around in the second half, tying the score with two touchdowns in the third quarter leading to a 27-17 win. It’s also worth noting that the defense didn’t allow a score in the second half in improving to 6-2.

Despite the win, we still have to ask: Who has ever seen Tom Brady in this bad of a slump of all these years in the NFL? Brady says his hand is alright, but his numbers indicate that is not the case.  Brady has two touchdowns and four interceptions in the last four games. UNBELIEVABLE!

The 6-2 Patriots are going up against the 2-5 Steelers this week. This week might be another tough week for Brady, who is going up against the #2 pass defense of the Steelers. Brady might not have an impressive day but the running backs could have a great game.

I’m sure Patriots have looked at Darren McFadden get his yards and two touchdowns last week. It took Stevan Ridley a while to get going in the running game but since week 5 against the Saints, he has run the ball really well. Ridley or Brandon Bolden will have to run the ball and try not to fumble against the Steelers, if they want to win this one.

Big Ben will not have such a good day either. While it’s looking like Aqib Talib will be out this wee, the Patriots defense is still good, but they are better with Talib at corner.

With two games in, Rob Gronkowski hasn’t scored a touchdown, which is very odd. Count on Gronkowski getting a touchdown this week.  It has been long enough.

You can’t count out Pittsburgh so fast now, though. The Patriots will still win this close game.

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