5 Steelers X-Factors in week 1 against the New England Patriots
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers are underdogs to the New England Patriots in week one. Here are five players who could help turn that status around.
We have all heard it a hundred times by now: The Steelers can’t beat the Patriots on the road. So far, that has been true.
Since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted by Pittsburgh back in 2004, the Steelers haven’t won a game in Foxborough. To add even more fuel to the fire, Tom Brady has been nearly perfect in those games – throwing 18 touchdowns without a single interception.
For some reason or another, the Steelers just can’t seem to get the job done on the road against New England. That could all change tomorrow night.
While it’s true that Bill Belichick has Mike Tomlin’s number when the Steelers come to Foxborough, Tomlin is coming off a victory over Belichick’s team. It would have been his second consecutive against the Patriots had it not been for the Jesse James catch ruling.
The Steelers aren’t the same team they once were. While some would argue that the losses of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will hurt the Steelers this season, I could debate that their additions outweighed their losses.
Though all betting sites favor the Patriots, Pittsburgh has a legitimate shot at stealing this one on the road. Here are my five Steelers X-Factors heading into week one against the Patriots: