Normally a game in early November between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium would be an epic clash of AFC contenders. The 6-2 Patriots may end up that way, if they can continue finding ways to stumble into one win after another, but the 2-5 Steelers are another story completely. Still, the Steelers have entered the fourth quarter of each of their five losses this season with a chance to win, so you may want to watch Steelers vs Patriots game live online free using one of several different methods to see if they can eek one out in Foxborough against the inconsistent Patriots.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been oh-so-close so many times this season that they’re likely developing ulcers by the quarter. Their overall inconsistency, whether you’re talking about the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or the kicking of Shaun Suisham, has been incomprehensible. The fact that it comes at the most inopportune times is even worse, as last week’s 21-18 meltdown loss to the Oakland Raiders will attest.
The New England Patriots haven’t exactly been a picture of consistency themselves, although somehow they’ve found miraculous ways to win. In fact, one of the biggest things to watch for as you watch Steelers vs Patriots game live online free is the play of the teams’ respective defenses. The Patriots turnover differential is solid, with the Patriots having a plus-7 and the Steelers a minus-9. Yet the Steelers have the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense going into today’s Week 9 game, which could turn the tables against the Patriots’ 18th-ranked offense.
Indeed, Tom Brady’s had a very un-Brady-like season so far. Not only has he had one of the sharpest statistical declines in NFL history, he’s also been missing too many throws, thus not allowing his receivers to get into a rhythm. However, now that tight end Rob Gronkowski is back and Danny Amendola is reporting for duty, Brady may start to pick things up. Brady’s consistency could also be helped if the Patriots continue to improve their rushing game, which is currently ranked 12th and climbing based on the impressive kicks of Stevan Ridley (399 yards) and LeGarrette Blount (265 yards).
Through seven weeks, opponents have basically run the ball at will against Pittsburgh, so Ridley and Blount are no doubt licking their chops. Yet the Steelers defense is better than the Patriots in all but one category. Their total yards per game are 44 fewer, their passing yards are 34 fewer, their rushing yards are (somehow) nine yards fewer, and their third-down conversion allowance is two percent lower. But the only one that matters — points allowed per game — is almost four points higher, which helps explain their inexplicably and frustratingly bad record.
Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is scheduled for 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST, and it’s basically going to be a race to see which team can stay the most consistent. You can catch the game live on CBS or watch Steelers vs Patriots game live online free via DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package. Although the package itself requires a subscription, anyone can watch the live streaming version free if they have it.