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How Steelers game plan against Patriots without Le'Veon Bell
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How Steelers game plan against Patriots without Le'Veon Bell
Tuesday September 8th, 2015

The Patriots and Steelers will open the 2015 NFL season on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

New England enters in midst of Tom Brady's extended Deflategate saga, with the NFL appealing a federal judge's ruling that nullified the quarterback's suspension. Brady himself will be on the field, piloting a familiar offense led by tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Steelers will be without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who will serve a two-week suspension, and receiver Martavis Bryant (suspended four games), but veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown form one of the league's most prolific passing tandems.

How to watch

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: NBC

RadioThe game will be broadcast nationally on Westwood One. For a list of Patriots affiliates, click here. For a list of Steelers affiliates, click here.

Team schedules

Steelers

Sept. 10: at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m. EST

Sept. 20: vs San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. EST

Sept. 27: at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m. EST

Oct. 1: vs Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m. EST

Oct. 12: at San Diego Chargers, 8:30 p.m. EST

Oct. 18: vs Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. EST

Oct. 25: at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. EST

Nov. 1: vs Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. EST

Nov. 8: vs Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. EST

Nov. 15: vs Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. EST

Nov. 22: BYE

Nov. 29: at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. EST

Dec. 6: vs Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m. EST

Dec. 13: at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. EST

Dec. 20: vs Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. EST

Dec. 27: at Baltimore Ravens, 8:30 p.m. EST

Jan. 3: at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. EST

Patriots

Sept. 10: vs. Steelers (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Sept. 20: at Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Sept. 27: vs. Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Oct. 4: BYE

Oct. 11: at Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Oct. 18: at Colts (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Oct. 25: vs. Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Oct. 29: vs. Dolphins (8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFL Network)

Nov. 8: vs. Redskins (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Nov. 15: at Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Nov. 23: vs. Bills (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Nov 29: at Broncos (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Dec. 6: vs. Eagles (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dec. 13: at Texans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dec. 20: vs. Titans (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dec. 27: at Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Jan. 3: at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

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