Patriots' areas of interest vs. Steelers

Updated: October 29, 2011, 7:25 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Here are six key areas for the New England Patriots in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday (4:15 p.m.):

1. Pass protection in the spread offense. If past matchups are any indication, the Patriots will have the spread offense as a big part of their attack in hopes of neutralizing the Steelers' attacking defense and safety Troy Polamalu's ability to disrupt plays as a blitzer. To do so, they'll need to protect quarterback Tom Brady with limited help. ...

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