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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.