Coming off three-straight losses, the Pittsburgh Steelers are left playing for their playoff lives over the final few weeks of the season and a game against the New England Patriots is the last thing they need right now.
The Steelers will once again be short-handed when they take on their nemesis with James Conner likely to be sideline having already missed both days of practice so far this week. Despite facing a poor Patriots run defense, it would not be a surprise if Pittsburgh barely ran the ball and any chance of success in this game will come on the back Ben Roethlisberger’s arm offensively.
That being said, scoring against New England has been less of a problem for Pittsburgh as of late than their inability to stop them on defense, but nothing fans have seen this season suggests they will have an answer this Sunday. While the Steelers appear to be considering benching Coty Sensabaugh and Mike Hilton in favor of Artie Burns and Cam Sutton for this matchup, it is hard believe they will be able to hold up against Tom Brady.
Game: New England Patriots (9-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)
Date: Sunday, December 16.
Kickoff: 4.25 p.m. ET.
Venue: Heinz Field.
Weather: Live weather update.
TV Channel: CBS, broadcast locally on KDKA-TV-2, with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo as commentators and Tracy Wolfson the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online Streaming: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. FuboTV also allows you to stream the game online. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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Marcus Gilbert is expected to miss his eighth consecutive game on Sunday because of a knee injury and ninth overall this season, while James Conner will mostly likely sit for the second time this year with a sprained ankle.