It comes down to stopping the run
Page 2 of 6 -- A: I couldn't agree with you more about Bettis. Tim Fox pointed this out on a Sportsplus show I did this week with Ron Borges. You have to tackle him low. You see too many guys try to tackle him around his body and it doesn't work. That is one of the fundamental things I think the Patriots will do well in this game. I'm sure Romeo Crennel has noticed the same thing. Bettis is an older back. He's a powerful runner who can carry you on his back if you don't use proper technique. I think defenses get lazy or tired because of the pounding they're taking and their fundamentals get shabby. Roethlisberger does move well for a big guy. He's just one of many tough guys on the team. I think he surprises people with his movements as a runner. You don't expect him to make a move on a linebacker, but he can and he does. I don't see him as a Donovan McNabb type runner, but I haven't noticed him that closely as a runner. As for the short pass, it will be back if the Steelers stop Corey Dillon, otherwise I would expect their offense to remain the same.
What is the injury status of Richard Seymour for Sunday's game?
A: As of Thursday he remained questionable and a game-time decision. From what I'm hearing he's doing a little bit more every day at practice.
Last weekend CBS kept showing Roethlisberger during pregame warmups grabbing his hand, and they hinted that he could be injured. After his performance against the Jets, do you think there's anything to that? Is Roethlisberger injured?
Ryan, Portland, Maine
A: I'm not sure anyone's going to tell, but if you saw some of his throws it sure looked like he was favoring it.
I did not see Ty Law on the sideline during the Indy game. I would have thought that, as one of the team captains, he would have been there to support his teammates. Does this surprise you? It is a foregone conclusion that we have seen the last of him in a Patriot uniform?
Roland, New Bedford
A: He had surgery. He's now recovering and he'll be at the game in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Law is the ultimate team player. His teammates will tell you that. If he could have been there, he would have.
I have put the "to be released or traded soon" curse on Ty Law by wearing a No. 24 jersey this year -- my prior purchases have been jersey No. 11 (Drew) and No. 87 (Coates). In light of how solidly Asante Samuel, Randall Gay, and Earthwind Moreland have played in the secondary, what are the chances the Pats keep Law and his huge cap number in '05?
AJ, Bronx, NY Continued...