A year ago Tom Brady neutralized Pittsburgh's blitz schemes with quick screens and play-action passes in New England's 34--13 win. Now the Steelers have to deal with Brady clone Matt Cassel, who's coming off two straight 400-yard passing games. Don't expect Cassel (right) to have the same kind of success in Foxborough on Sunday against Pittsburgh's topflight pass defense, which won't let him get comfortable enough to throw downfield accurately. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger will also have an easier time this year against the depleted Patriots' D. He'll make enough big plays to lead the Steelers to the upset win.
This is an article from the Dec. 1, 2008 issue
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