NFL preview capsule: Patriots at Steelers

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NEW ENGLAND (6-2) At PITTSBURGH (6-2)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 5-3; Pittsburgh 4-3-1

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 14-10

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Patriots 33-10, Nov. 30, 2008

LAST WEEK - Patriots lost to Browns 34-14, Steelers beat Bengals 27-21

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (17)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (21), PASS (29)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (12), PASS (27)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (1), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - New England has won six of eight against Pittsburgh, including AFC title games in Pittsburgh during 2001 and 2004 seasons. Steelers last beat Patriots at home in 2004 (34-20), ending New England's 18-game regular-season winning streak. Patriots returned that season to win 41-27 in AFC title game. ... New England won 23-20 at Heinz Field in 2005, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's first career regular-season loss, but Steelers went on to win Super Bowl. ... Since 1994, Patriots lead NFL with 189 victories, Steelers second with 181. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady is 5-1 against Steelers (143 of 212, 1,658 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INTs). Steelers' only win vs. Patriots in four tries since 2004 came in 2008, when Matt Cassel was New England's QB. ... Brady averages 304.2 yards passing in six career games against Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger averages 200.8 yards in five career games against New England. ... Roethlisberger has 63-27 career record, tying him with Jim McMahon for the third-best QB record after 90 starts since 1970. Brady was 67-23 in his first 90. ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick 8-8 vs. Pittsburgh, including time with Browns. ... Steelers plus-9 in turnovers, Patriots plus-5. ... Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall averaged 94.3 yards rushing in first three home games. Patriots allowed Browns RB Peyton Hillis to run for 184 yards on 29 carries as Cleveland ended New England's five-game winning streak. ... Brady, with 239 TD passes, needs one more to move into 16th place in NFL history. He's currently tied with Len Dawson. ... Patriots RB Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis has six TD runs in six games. New England is 9-1 when Green-Ellis has a rushing TD. ... Since 2001, Patriots are an NFL-leading 75-23 after Nov. 1. Since 2003, they are 24-2 following a loss. They have lost successive games only twice since 2003, during the 2006 and 2009 seasons. ... Before losing to Browns, Patriots were 14-2 against AFC North during regular season. ... After going 2-1 during a three-game road swing, Steelers play five of next seven at home. ... Pittsburgh is 9-0 when Mike Wallace has a TD catch. ... Steelers allow NFL-low 15.4 points and 58.3 yards rushing per game. ... Steelers are 13-4 in prime-time games under coach Mike Tomlin.

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