CBS envisioned a premier matchup with potential Super Bowl implications when it gave Patriots-Steelers the national 4:25 p.m. time slot and assigned its No. 1 announcing team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Instead, CBS gets a Patriots team struggling to score points on offense, and a 2-5 Steelers team struggling to make it through the season with 53 healthy players.
The Steelers are known for two things — being able to run the ball and rush the quarterback — and they aren’t doing either this season. They’re 29th in the NFL with a 3.3-yard average on rushing plays, and have just 10 sacks on defense, tied for 30th.
And they limp into town Sunday with several key injuries along the offensive line. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.