On Wednesday the AFC East blog outlined why the New England Patriots have owned the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past decade. The biggest reason is quarterback Tom Brady, who is 6-1 in his career against the Steelers.
But Pittsburgh players said this week that they are not intimidated by New England's past success.
"The amazing thing is none of that counts," Steelers safety Ryan Clark told reporters. "They clearly have no reason to be afraid of us, but neither do we."
Clark is right. Football teams do not fear other football teams.
The Steelers (5-2) have had enough success over the years where they should feel they have a chance to win every game. They are the reigning AFC champions and have a three-game winning streak.
"They've got a great organization, great coaches, great players. Last time I checked, we were pretty good, too," Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley said.
But the Patriots (5-1) clearly have the Steelers' number. There's no hiding from that. At the very least, that's a confidence advantage for New England.
Pittsburgh hasn't beaten Brady in seven years. Until the Steelers stop the streak, New England will be favored in this series.