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Patriots vs. Steelers: All down to defense

It’s the battle of the AFC’s best Sunday, as the Patriots head toPittsburgh to face the Steelers.

It’s the battle of the AFC’s best Sunday, as the Patriots head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

The teams are 5-1 and 5-2, respectively, so this game could have huge playoff implications.

How will it play out? Well, that all depends on which defense shows up for each team.

After Pittsburgh’s 35-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 1, everybody outside the Steelers organization thought they looked old. Since that game, they haven’t allowed more than 20 points to any opponent.

“You know, we don’t pay attention to the elevator music, we really don’t,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “That’s stuff that they say. We just simply stay focused on what it is that we’re doing, and that’s how we prepare ultimately and how we play. We understand that we’re going to be judged in forms or fashions based on our performance, so we stay focused on our performance.”

Heading into Week 8, the Steelers are first in the NFL in passing yards allowed. The Pats? Dead last. But in the past two games the Pats’ defense looked stronger, especially in the last win over Dallas.

“You have to be prepared to block not only multiple looks, but a variety of people and different body types,” Tomlin said. “They have an impressive cast of men up front in their defensive line group, and it poses big challenges for us.”

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