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Steelers 2nd best team in AFC, but still well behind Patriots

December 13, 2010 - Cory Giger
Unless something crazy happens, the Steelers' road to the Super Bowl will go through New England in the AFC title game Jan. 23. And right now, the Patriots are far and away the better team.

That's not a knock on Pittsburgh, which is the second-best team in the AFC. It's simply pointing out just how good the Patriots are at this point after they have been crushing teams of late.

New England destroyed the Jets in the supposed game of the year last week, 45-3, and Sunday they demolished the Bears on a snowy field in Chicago, 36-7.

Tom Brady is having perhaps his best season -- further enhancing his case as one of the best quarterback of all time -- and the Patriots' no-name offense looks unstoppable.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have a phenomenal defense, but the offensive struggles of recent weeks are a concern. Even if the defense were to play well against New England, you know Brady is still going to find a way to put up a lot of points.

Brady was 30-of-43 for 350 yards and three TDs when the Pats lit up the Steelers, 39-26, Nov. 15 at Heinz Field.

To beat the Patriots, the Steelers are going to have to score a lot, and at this point, they don't appear capable of doing that.

Three regular-season games and a couple of playoff games remain before any potential matchup between the Steelers and Patriots. By then, there's no telling who may be injured or what else may be going on with each team.

But as things stand now, the Steelers' chances of winning in Foxborough on Jan. 23 don't look great.

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