Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In his pre-game interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Bill Belichick was asked what Steeler he would choose, all-time, if he could only have one. Saying he wouldn't want to disrespect anyone, he picked safety Troy Polamalu.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactives: S Jordan Richards, OT LaAdrian Waddle, RB D.J. Foster, TE AJ Derby, CB Cyrus Jones, DT Woodrow Hamilton. DT Vincent Valentine. This means that LBs Jamie Collins (hip) and Elandon Roberts (ankle) are both active, while RB Brandon Bolden (knee) returns after missing the last two games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski, who is coming off a career-high 162-yard receiving game, arrives at Heinz Field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Jamie Collins, with the notable hairdo, arrives at Heinz Field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After assessing the field, Tom Brady has a quick word with athletic trainer Jim Whalen on his way back to the locker room.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Wearing a red hoodie, Tom Brady appears to be talking to someone on FaceTime as he walks on to Heinz Field.

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Foreshadowing playoff implications

What has Patriots-Steelers meant in the Brady-Roethlisberger era? Per ESPN Stats & Info, the teams have met eight times in the regular season, and in all eight the winner of the game has reached the playoffs. In seven of the eight instances, the winner advanced to at least the AFC Divisional Playoffs. This is the first Pats-Steelers game without Big Ben since Week 1 of 2002.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and starting center David Andrews arrive at Heinz Field as they walk from the team bus to the visitor's locker room.

Hasselbeck surprises everyone, likes Steelers over Pats (1:15)
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Patriots should put up some points

Both our Patriots and Steelers reporters see New England scoring at will on Sunday in Pittsburgh. FPI likes the Patriots' chances, especially with Ben Roethlisberger out. Week 7 predictions (Insider)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots visit the Steelers at Heinz Field (4:25 p.m. ET) and weather conditions are ideal: Temperatures expected to be in the low 60s at kickoff, with no precipitation and winds around 12-14 miles per hour.

Who are the Pats biggest competition in the AFC? (1:52)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Jon Lester's biggest motivations for signing with Cubs was his envy of 2004 Red Sox. Now he's 4 wins away. "I didn't get to be part of it in '04," Lester told me after his introductory press conference in December 2014. "You look at Dave Roberts. He stole one base and the guy's a legend. To see that and to see how it changed the organization, changed the town, just the idea of coming here and breaking their (curse), that was one of the reasons that led us here."

Byron scores shorthanded goal on breakaway (0:25)

Tempers flare in Syracuse-Boston College

After Boston College came up with an interception and a long return, the two teams got into it on the sideline.

New-look Gamecocks earn win over the Minutemen (3:08)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens is 40 today. So the Celtics' youngest players sang him Happy Birthday. Said Stevens: "I'm not a big fan of [the singing], but I appreciate then saying it."

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Syracuse's Eric Dungey had a career-high 434 pass yards in today's win over Boston College, the second-most in school history (behind the 482 by Ryan Nassib against Northwestern in 2012). The 434 yards were the most by any player against BC since Florida State's EJ Manuel had 439 in 2012.