Patriots-Steelers Capsule

NEW ENGLAND (5-1) at PITTSBURGH (4-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, CBS

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 1+

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Patriots 5-1, Steelers 4-2

SERIES RECORD – Steelers lead 15-13

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Steelers 28-21 on Sept. 10, 2015

LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Bengals 35-17; Steelers lost to Dolphins 30-15

AP PRO32 RANKING – Patriots No. 2, Steelers No. 8

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (T5), RUSH (7), PASS (8).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (9), PASS (18).

STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (15), PASS (9).

STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (13), PASS (30).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -New England is NFL-best 51-17 in October since 2000. Steelers are second at 46-19. … Patriots have posted 15 straight non-losing seasons, Steelers 12 straight at .500 or better. … New England is allowing 15.2 points per game, second in NFL. … Patriots QB Tom Brady is 8-2 against Pittsburgh, 4-2 at Heinz Field. … Brady's 196 victories third all-time among QBs (Peyton Manning leads with 200). … Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski needs one touchdown to tie Stanley Morgan for most in franchise history (68). … Gronkowski set career high in yards receiving (162) last week vs. Cincinnati. … Gronkowski's 22 100-yard receiving games rank third all-time among NFL tight ends … Brady became fourth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 completions last week. … New England RB LeGarrette Blount is tied for second in NFL in rushing touchdowns (6). … Pittsburgh is 3-0 at home, winning by average of 18.3 points. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out (knee surgery). Pittsburgh is 11-9 in games Roethlisberger has not started since 2001. Landry Jones is 1-1 as starter. … Steelers are 66-27 at home vs. AFC since 2001. … Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown's 41 receptions rank second in NFL. … Steelers WR Sammie Coates leads NFL in yards per catch (22.2). … Pittsburgh allowed 200-yard rusher (Jay Ajayi) for first time in 16 years vs. Dolphins. … Steelers K Chris Boswell is most accurate in team history at 89 percent (33 of 37). … Pittsburgh 28th in NFL in sacks (eight). … Steelers have not forced turnover or gotten sack in either loss. … Steelers CB William Gay has started 150 straight games, longest active streak by cornerback. … Fantasy Watch: With Roethlisberger out, expect Steelers to rely heavily on RB Le'Veon Bell, who leads NFL in yards from scrimmage in October games since 2013 (1,259).

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