NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-2) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2) (Sunday, NBC, 8:20 PM ET)
The Patriots and Steelers will meet on Sunday night and both teams enter Week 10 tied for the NFL’s best record at 6-2. New England has won six of the past eight meetings (including playoffs) between the two teams. Pittsburgh held on for a 27-21 win at Cincinnati on Monday night to maintain a share of first place in the AFC North. Wide receiver Mike Wallace had five receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown and the defense stopped the Bengals at the Pittsburgh 12-yard line in the final minute. New England will look to rebound from a 34-14 loss at Cleveland, ending the Patriots’ five-game winning streak. Despite the loss, New England owns a share of first place in the AFC East with the New York Jets.
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NEW ENGLAND: The Patriots have started the season with at least six wins in their first eight games for the fourth time in five years…QB TOM BRADY is on pace (14; 28) for his sixth season with 25+ touchdown passes, which would tie Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback JOE MONTANA for the fourth-most 25+ TD pass seasons in NFL history…RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS has a career-best six rush touchdowns and is on track (12) to become the first Patriots player to record double-digit rush touchdowns since COREY DILLON in 2006 (13)…Rookie TE AARON HERNANDEZ has 34 receptions for 436 receiving yards and is on track for the most catches (GREG BATY, 37, 1986) and receiving yards (RUSS FRANCIS, 636, 1975) by a rookie tight end in club history.
PITTSBURGH: Under the guidance of MIKE TOMLIN, the Steelers are tied for first place in the AFC North and are off to a 6-2 start for the fourth consecutive season…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (seven) is on pace to tie FRANCO HARRIS (14 in 1976) for the most rushing touchdowns in a season in franchise history…WR MIKE WALLACE (507) is on target to register 1,014 receiving yards, which would be the first 1,000-yard season of his career…On defense, the Steelers have allowed an NFL-low 15.4 points per game through Week 9 and aim to lead the league in the category for the second time in the past three seasons (13.9 in 2008). LB JAMES HARRISON (seven) seeks to become the first Pittsburgh player to have three consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks.