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November 1, 2013

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2. Clock Ben -- The Pittsburgh offensive line is porous bordering on disastrous. Add to that rising sack total with a big day from Chandler Jones and the boys.

3. Lights out early -- Instead of sleepwalking through the first half, put the boots to the Steelers from the start. Nobody is looking for a reason to quit like Pittsburgh. Give them a sizable deficit and let them disappear.

Hector Longo’s prediction: Patriots 26, Steelers 24 (6-2 straight up; 2-6 vs. the spread)

Analysis: There’s no way I could spot any team 7 points against the Patriots right now. Even with the Steeler struggles in the running game, Ben Roethlisberger has the weapons to keep his team in the hunt. Tom Brady has few weapons.

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