AFC Championship: Patriots VS Steelers
Well here we are, we have our final two teams of the AFC. The Patriots and Steelers, who have combined to win 9 AFC titles since 2001, and it’s only befitting they make it an even 10. In order for one of these teams to claim that 10th title though, they need to play a heck of allot better then they did last weekend. Both teams need and want to improve and because of this, it’s going to be a hard fought game to the end.
The Steelers will be looking to actually put it in the end zone this coming Sunday, they can not just rely on Chris Boswell’s leg or their defense constantly getting them the ball back. If thats the case this time around, it’ll be a long day in Foxboro. Le’veon Bell definitely will need to keep up his performance, in just two games he has 337 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Antonio Brown will need to be able to separate himself from Malcolm Butler and get involved in the passing game early and often. The Steelers’ defense will need to get to Tom Brady fast and often, disrupt his rhythm, and force him to make bad throws. If they can stop New England’s run game like Houston did, disrupting Brady will be that much easier for the steel curtain.
The Patriots, who are in their record 6th straight AFC title game, will be looking to keep turnovers to a minimum. Tom Brady needs to make better throws and needs to capitalize in the red zone when there. This team can not just be settling for field goals, especially when on the goal line and definitely not late in the game. The run game also needs to wake up, last week the Patriots combined for only 98 rushing yards, 41 of which came from Dieon Lewis. Blount was nonexistent the entire game, which can not be the case this week especially after being the league leader in rushing touchdowns. If Lagarrette can get into a groove and the O-line can create holes. Punching it into the end zone a few times will be no problem. It’ll make things allot less stressful for Brady and the passing game if they can get a steady run game working early. The defense’s 1# concern will be to contain Pittsburgh’s run game, and force Roethlisberger to throw away from Antonio Brown, who this postseason has 11 receptions, 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. They need to keep Le’veon Bell from making big plays and ripping off large chunks of yardage. They need to keep Brown from getting the ball and making firstdown catches. Allot easier said then done, I know, but who said the game is suppose to be easy.
In the end, the key factor is, the Steelers are coming to The Razor. Where New England has an astonishing 15-3 playoff record in the Brady/Belichick era. So, because of this and absolutey no biased whatsoever. My choice is The Patriots over The Steelers 24-21, in what will be a very tough and hard fought match.