Following a horrendous loss to the Cleveland Browns, the New England Patriots were able to redeem themselves in Week 10's Game of the Week. In defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road, New England again proved its legitimacy in the AFC.This very well could have been a playoff preview that theReebok Green Bay Packers #12 Aaron Rodgers Realtree camo Jersey
world saw on Sunday night. If that's the case, then clearly the Steelers need some work. They've struggled against New England in the past and it really showed this weekend.Their rivalry has developed and grown drastically over the past decade or so. It has transformed into one of the AFC's better out-of-division rivalries and always serves as an important contest.These two teams have battled not only for regular season AFCsupremacy, but also at times in the postseason. Though in the instance of last night's showdown supremacy in the AFC was only a smaller part of the big picture, it still added to the rivalry.Honestly, the story was of the Patriots' revenge from the previous week's loss and how they would respond to such a poor performance. They were able to follow up with perhaps their most dominant victory in some time. Another thing that many people were talking about prior to this game was how the Patriots had seemingly had the Steelers' number throughout this rivalry. Well, not a whole lot changed last night. The Reebok Green Bay Packers #52 Clay Matthews Realtree camo Jersey
Patriots were again able to take advantage of Steeler miscues and translate that into another victory. Who is the Best QB in the NFL?Who is the Best QB in the NFL?Peyton Manning6.9%Tom Brady89.7%Phillip Rivers0.0%Drew Brees0.0%Aaron Rodgers3.4%Total votes: 58Tom Brady took control of this game early on and exposed a very good Dick LeBeau defense. Brady remains a force in the NFL as again his Patriots are in the elite. Even without a key weapon in Randy Moss, "Terrific Tom" is always able to make it work in Foxboro.It's games like last night that remind us exactly why Thomas Brady is the NFL's best QB. He's a pure winner and boasts a GQ image to boot. Evidently Brady's current favorite target is rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez. WOW!Ben Roethlisberger looked out of sorts on Sunday. His ability to extend plays with his legs and create more opportunities was wiped away by New England's defense. When Roethlisberger is able to bide time it works wonders for his game. Not to mention he's the hardest QB to bring down in the NFL.Hines Ward's injury really plagued the offense throughout. Not just his receiving, but equally as important, his blocking was missed greatly. Without Ward, the running game was a non-factor.The real story of this game though as the night developed was another New England tight end. This wasn't Hernandez, though, but rather Rob Gronkowski. On three separate occasions, Gronkowski was able to find holes in the Steeler D Reebok Indianapolis Colts 18 Peyton Manning Realtree camo Jersey
and gash them for touchdowns. One thing that we learned from this showdown above all else was just how good New England can be at times. To be able to follow-up on such an ugly loss against Cleveland really speaks volumes of this team and the Bill Belichick Factor.Again, we are reminded of why the Patriots are this good and how their system has been able to produce such a consistent winning formula.