Three reasons to root for Steelers vs. Patriots

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3. They’re the underdog

Have I not convinced you yet?

Maybe you don’t care about things like a winning tradition or the fact that the Patriots are horrible and every sports fan in their right mind should hate them.

How about an appeal to cheering for the underdog?

According to, New England is a seven point favorite at home against Pittsburgh. Winning on the road at Gillette is always an uphill battle for any NFL team, but the Steelers will have to get it done without two of their best offensive weapons.

Running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant are both suspended, so it will be that much more difficult to pull off an upset against the Pats.

If that weren’t enough, Pittsburgh is also coming into the game without center Maurkice Pouncey, who is expected to miss the first eight weeks of the season. Add it all up and the Steelers have very little to be hopeful about heading into this big-time Week 1 matchup.

America loves underdogs. Do the right thing and cheer accordingly.

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