On Monday, we preview the Week 7 NFL slate, which features eight weeks of NFL football.
We also look ahead to Week 7’s other matchups and discuss what it means for the NFL’s playoff picture.
This week: We have a big, bad football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, and we look ahead for the upcoming NFL schedule.
Then, on Wednesday, we’ll get the Week 6 schedule for Week 7.
And on Friday, we start looking ahead to the rest of the league’s Week 7 slate.
Plus, we’ve got the Week 8 schedule.
The full schedule is here.
This Week in NFL Football: Steelers at Patriots, 8 p.m.
ET Sunday, Fox Sunday Ticket—Steelers-Patriots will be the first matchup of the season for the Pittsburgh-New England Patriots.
It’s the first game since the Patriots clinched the AFC East title in Week 3, when they defeated the Steelers in overtime.
The Patriots had won six straight before this game.
They are 9-0 against the Steelers and 6-1 against the Patriots.
The Steelers are 6-2 in Pittsburgh, while the Patriots are 1-4 against the Pittsburgh area.
This is the Steelers’ third straight home loss.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 29-27 win at New England on Sept. 10.
They were also beat on the road by Denver on Oct. 1.
Last season, the Patriots were 9-2 at home against the team’s AFC East rivals, but this is their first time on the other side of the country since the 2013 season.
The matchup is likely to be a low-scoring affair.
The NFL is looking for at least three points in every quarter and it has a lot to play for if the Patriots can’t get off to a fast start.
The best chance for the Steelers to get it going comes in the second half.
Pittsburgh’s defense, which has allowed the fewest points in the league at the halfway mark of games, is allowing a league-low 19.6 points per game.
It has held New England to 3.0 points per drive through three quarters, the fewth-lowest mark in the NFL.
The key for the Patriots will be whether they can keep the pressure on their offense in the final minutes of the game.
New England leads the NFL with 4,746 yards of offense.
The defense, though, has allowed 1,811 yards on the ground.
The Panthers, who have allowed just 2,721 yards of total offense, are the league leader in rushing.