Boy, did this matchup have some spice. Then Ben Roethlisberger damaged his knee, and suddenly this takes on the look of another Patriots romp - particularly if the Steel Curtain that was ripped apart by Miami doesn't mend itself very quickly.
“A lot of people came in a lot more focused,” says Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who will really need to step up with Roethlisberger sidelined. “Not to say we weren't focused last week, but I think losing the game the way we did, in the fashion that we did kind of opened people's eyes and let them know that you can get beat on any given week, no matter the team you're playing.”
Expect the Steelers to rely heavily on versatile running back Le'Veon Bell to take some of the pressure off QB Landry Jones. Bell is one of the most dynamic threats in the league, as comfortable lining up at wide receiver as he is in the backfield, earning New England coach Bill Belichick's admiration in the process.